Monday, December 12, 2011

Saving Marine Life with Artificial Reefs

Marine life and fish stock in Sabah has been falling at an alarming rate in the past 10 years. DCM Datuk Yahya Hussin has been sinking numerous artificial reefs into the sea to ensure that the fishes and other marine life will breed abundantly.

The official statistics showed that the fishes have dropped by a worrying rate of 92% over the last 36 years from 2.5 tonnes per square kilometre in 1979 to 210kg in 2007. The Sabah fishery industry will face a serious threats if fish yields drops by 15% every 10 years.

The reason for the reduction of fish numbers are due to over fishing activities and the use of fish bombs and cyanide as fishing methods. Some Sabah prized species such as parrot fish, groupers, snappers and sharks are now facing extinction from these irresponsible actions.

About RM400,000 ringgit worth of concrete reefs that are reinforced with steel have been recently sunk into the sea off Putatan, these artificial reefs can last for 50 years. The Sabah government has spent slightly more than RM4 million on artificial reefs that was dropped into the waters off Kota Kinabalu, Beaufort, Tuaran, Kudat, Sandakan and Tawau.

The artificial reefs begins to teem with marine life in about 4 months time, which is faster than marine biologist thought possible. By dropping artificial reefs in the water, this would keep the local 24,000 fishermen in work and assured that the people will continue to have an abundance of seafood.

11 comments:

Smookiekins said...

Hope government will produce some method/research to solve the problems.

Mohd Ishak said...

Usaha yang baik daripada kerajaan kita, harap ini akan membantu menambah bilangan ikan dalam laut kita.

Mohd Ishak said...

Kekurangan ikan dalam laut ini amat membimbangkan, kerajaan perlulah mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap mereka yang menggunakan bom ikan dan juga racun.

Sabah Indah said...

semoga hidupan laut dapat diselamatkan.

Alexis said...

Sistem MPA (Marine Protected Area),penzonan dan pengenalan kaedah penangkapan ikan yang lebih mesra alam merupakan sistem yang boleh digunakan untuk membantu mewujudkan stok ikan yang semakin berkurangan dan seterusnya membantu meningkatkan pendapatan komuniti.

Alexis said...

apapun, keberkesanan sistem ini adalah bergantung sepenuhnya kepada kerjasama yang diberikan oleh semua lapisan masyarakat.

rebirth said...

maybe govt need to gazette some areas and prohibit any marine activities in that areas..

rebirth said...

just like in Pulau Sipadan, after the government take action to reduce marine activities in that area, the problem of extinction or damage marine life has completely resolved.

Caldina said...

Kenakan hukuman yang berat kepada mereka melanggar undang2 cara penangkapan ikan. Jangan beli ikan daripada mereka.

fazlin said...

usaha untuk mengekalkan jumlah atau ikan spesis ikan perlu sentiasa dibuat.

fazlin said...

saya setuju jika hukuman berat dikenakan kepada mereka yang melanggar undang-undang penangkapan ikan seperti menggunakan bom ikan.

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