Reef Check Malaysia works to conserve our ocean and marine ecosystems. Malaysia is part of the Coral Triangle, home to more than 75% of the world's coral species. We are based on 3 islands in Malaysia - Tioman Island, Sibu Island, and Mantanani Island. Our team on these islands work with the local communities to empower them to look after the marine resources.
At times, our work require us to urgently respond to emergencies such as marine animal stranding and oil spills. In 2018 alone, we have addressed 15 cases of dugong and turtle stranding in Sibu Island. On Tioman Island, we have cleaned up 5 tonnes of oil from the beaches around the island. We have also removed 53 ghost nets from reefs and rescued numerous trapped marine life. In November 2018, we removed 3685 Crown-of-Thorns (hard-coral eating seastars) in just 4 days, saving the coral reefs!
Besides these examples of emergency ocean response, Reef Check Malaysia also focuses on mitigating human pressures on the coral reefs. We train the local villagers in alternative livelihoods, to decrease their dependency on fishing. We educate dive and snorkel guides on the islands to engage in eco-friendly practices with tourists. We have restored 115 sq. meters of reef along the west coast of Tioman Island and trained local islanders and dive operators on how to rehabilitate reefs.
In the long-term, we aim to have sustainably managed coral reefs in Malaysia. Please support our marine conservation efforts in 2019 by donating to Reef Check Malaysia! We need the funding to continue our emergency response efforts and island community engagement to save our ocean!