Semporna – Protecting Reefs and Supporting Livelihoods

Image of Nudibranch, Hypselodoris cf. bullocki...

My post on the 7 February 2012: Holidays of year 2012: Part 1 Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort Semporna. About my 1st holiday destination experience of the year. three friends and I went for our vacation at Sipadan  Kapalai  Dive Resort. We had one of our best holiday experience in our lives, and proud to be Sabah Malaysian, for this wonderful & beautiful place situated in our birth place. However, as much as we enjoyed our vacation in Semporna, we also knew that, marine lives surrounding nearby islands in Semporna are under the threat.

Mandarin fish kapalai

Before we went for our vacation, we tried to obtain as much information as possible by reading newspapers, magazines, online information about Semporna. From there, we learned that the water and marine lives surrounded islands and the sea condition are very much destroyed. We further confirmed the truthfulness of the knowledge obtained through  our conversation with many local people, that fishermen are using booming, poisoning techniques to catch fish. Such activities had destroyed a huge area of sea bed including our National Park, Taman Tun Sakaran.

Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) restin...

Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) resting off Sipadan, Malaysia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tun Sakaran Marine Park was established in 2004 to protect the area’s spectacular features and rich biodiversity. Located off the north-east coast of Borneo it is Malaysia’s largest marine park – covering 340 sq km of sea and coral reefs and including 8 islands. The Park is a fascinating and beautiful place with rich natural resources and high biodiversity. However it is also under threat and action is needed if its unique features are to be retained.

Chaetodon punctatofasciatus, Spotband butterfl...

Today, I found this video on the internet, the Youtube 6 days before we went on our vacation, on the 2 February 2012. It is a video produced by Sabah Parks with the attempt to create awareness to the local and to the world. It highlights what we can all do to protect the environment and ensure that the Tun Sakaran Marine Park remains a ‘special place’ both for wildlife and people.

The film has been produced as part of the outreach programme run by the Semporna Islands Darwin Project. This project is being implemented in Tun Sakaran Marine Park by the Marine Conservation Society (UK) and Sabah Parks, with funding from the Darwin Initiative.

Hawksbill Turtle.

Hawksbill Turtle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am very grateful and emotional when I found this video, 5 months after our unforgettable trip to Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, our effort of continuously finding the best way to join effort with Sabah Parks of the awareness campaign is finally starting to sprout. We believe, with our persistence telling the world and helping the local people especially the younger generation, we are able to change, to restore the beauty that Semporna biodiversity once had!

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