Coral Reef Monitoring Programme in Malaysia

by Reef Check Malaysia
Coral Reef Monitoring Programme in Malaysia
Coral Reef Monitoring Programme in Malaysia
Coral Reef Monitoring Programme in Malaysia
Coral Reef Monitoring Programme in Malaysia

In an effort to introduce sustainable tourism in 2016, Reef Check Malaysia, under the Cintai Tioman programme, introduced ASEAN Green Hotel Standard to all resort/chalet operators on Tioman Island. This was done by introducing the programme to resort/chalet owners and assessing them based on criteria listed in the ASEAN Green Hotel Standard.


The ASEAN Green Hotel Standard fosters sustainable tourism through the adoption of the Environmentally-friendly and Energy Conservation; compiling, adapting and creating the tools and training to engage in ASEAN Green Hotel practices. This Standard deals with the following essential elements of professional Green Hotel operations: Environmental plan, Green product, Human Resource and environmental management


As of today, 53 resorts/chalets out of 76 on Tioman Island have been assessed by us annually. 9 have meet the requirements to be qualified as Green Hotel.


We hope to expand this initiative to the other islands we work on, to promote sustainable tourism practices which not only benefits the business, but also the environment and the local community.


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Monsoon is creeping in but our works on Tioman island is still going strong. Yesterday, a total of 14 divers from De Dive's crew and Reef Check Malaysia came together to remove a huge fishing net at Tokong Burung.

The huge ghost net covered over 100m2 of the reefs. Three dives were carried out to remove the net, unfortunately we only managed to remove 80% of it.

Fear not, we will be back with the team to remove the remaining 20%.

Thank you to those who have reported to us and thank you to everyone who were involved in the net removal programme.

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A total of 212 sites were surveyed in 2018 (2017: 227), 95 in Peninsular Malaysia and 117 in East Malaysia. The surveys are a continuation of a successful National Reef Check Survey Programme that has now run for twelve years.

The results indicate that Malaysian reefs surveyed have a relatively high level of living coral, at 42.42% (2017: 42.53%). The low level of recently killed corals indicates few immediate threats and continuing recovery from the 2010 bleaching event that killed coral reefs around South East Asia.

Low levels of abundance of high-value species of fish (such as grouper) and shellfish (such as lobster) were recorded, indicating slow recovery from past overfishing and possible continuing problems with poaching inside Marine Protected Areas.

Some coral reefs show increasing amounts of algae, suggesting that they are suffering from an ecosystem imbalance due to elevated nutrient inputs, possibly from sewage and agriculture activities (particularly plantations), coupled with low herbivory by fish and sea urchins.


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Reef Check Malaysia

Location: Kuala Lumpur, WP - Malaysia
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Project Leader:
Theresa Ng
Kuala Lumpur, WP Malaysia

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