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Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia

by Reef Check Malaysia
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Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia

The 2019 annual Reef Check survey for Malaysia has now ended with the completion of surveys in Pulau Aur and Pulau Pemanggil. These two surveys were done with the help of Marine Park officers. We recently conducted an EcoDiver training course with eight students from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) as part of the university’s graduate employment enhancement programme. Reef Check Malaysia (RCM) is also honoured to be involved in building capacity for other Reef Check chapters in this region. In mid-September, RCM conducted an EcoDiver training course with Reef Check Brunei, which was just recently established. We’d like to welcome them into the growing network of Reef Check around the world! Over in Sabah, we conducted an EcoDiver training with 10 volunteers from the Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS). EcoDiver volunteers assist our small team in conducting reef health monitoring surveys at over 200 sites around Malaysia. 

We recently had a Recycling Collection Centre built in Air Batang village, Tioman Island with the help of a team from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). This was done during RBC’s visit to the island, which marks its 5th year of working with RCM on Tioman Island. In previous years, the RBC team has conducted activities such as installing grease traps, building recycling bins, fixing buoys, clean-ups of mangrove areas, removal of COTs as well as removal of drift nets. This year, the construction of the Recycling Collection Centre was the highlight of their visit, and it will assist the villagers of Air Batang with their recycling activities. There is now a place to store the recyclables collected, separate and pack them before they are shipped out of the island. We’d like to thank RBC and their staff for this effort, and the villagers of Air Batang for supporting and helping out with this programme.

Our plastic recycling activities on Mantanani Island are making great progress, especially since we’ve had the Mantanani Plastic Recycling Centre (MPRC). The weekly plastic bottle collection from every house has been going on since January 2019. The team on Mantanani have also conducted recycling educational programmes at the MPRC. In September, 58 bales of plastic bottles, weighing 930kg were sent out to the mainland to a recycling centre. This amount was a result of collection from April to September. We also recently completed a Basic Computer Training with 13 locals and a Basic English Training with 14 locals. These community trainings began at the end of 2018, and only recently concluded with the participants being awarded certificates. More community trainings for the community are being planned.

Our colleague in Pulau Sibu has been assisting in environmental education programmes through the PEDAS (Pasukan Pendidik Ekologi & Alam Sekitar) group. This group is a collaboration between Reef Check Malaysia, Tengah Island Conservation, Trash Hero Mersing, MareCet, Majlis Daerah Mersing, Cawangan Taman Laut & Pengurusan Sumber, Department of Fisheries Johor & PPD Mersing. To date, they have conducted 2 modules on marine ecosystem and marine debris in 5 pilot schools in Mersing. More modules will be delivered next year.

We also recently organised the International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICC) 2019, and we’re now moving forward with finding better and innovative solutions to tackle the issue of waste. According to the data collected by 14,351 volunteers who picked up more than 40 tonnes of trash, the top 5 items collected were cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, and plastic bottle caps.

Last but not least, a huge congratulations to one of our colleagues, Edmund for winning the ASEAN Youth Eco-Champions Award (Senior Youth category) this year! He has been active in the marine conservation field for a long time now, and this is a well-deserved award for someone who loves what he does, and does it very well! 

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In addition to our current glass, plastic, aluminium, and cardboard recycling programmes on Tioman Island, we have recently partnered with an electronic waste recycler to collect e-waste on the island. 

We collect the following used electronic items at Reef Check Malaysia's office on Tioman Island:

Mobile phone
Satellite TV decoder
TV remote control
Modem
Laptop
Camera

Instead of disposing these items in the trash which the island's incinerator cannot process and burn, we have encouraged the local islanders to recycle electronic waste too.

Since July 2019, plastic bags have been banned on the island on Saturdays and Sundays. All retail shops on the island will not be giving out any plastic bags and local islanders have to bring their own reusable shopping bags. 

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See what you can accomplish by taking action? BABY CORALS! Students at University of Technology, Malaysia planted them during a Conservation Day on Tioman Island. 
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The students were taught the upcycling process to create coral nurseries from used glass bottles. We then went underwater to show them how we plant the coral pots. They left with useful new knowledge that hopefully they will replicate in other places!

Coral rehabilitation takes a lot of time and effort as we will need to keep cleaning and mantaining the coral nurseries for months until the coral fragments have matured and are able to survive. 

Reef Check Malaysia works with partners in sharing best practices when it comes to ocean conservancy & inspiring new generations to make a change.

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On average, reefs in Malaysia are in fair condition, as measured by widely used coral reef health criteria. Average Live Coral Cover (LCC) for Malaysia is 42.42%. However, it should be noted that the average masks a wide range of variation in reef health, from reefs with over 85% LCC to reefs with below 1% LCC.

Key threats facing coral reefs in Peninsular Malaysia are development and tourism related, with most impacts arising from land-based pollution, sewage pollution, land use change or direct impacts (boats, anchors, users).

Coral reefs in East Malaysia face different threats. In Sabah and Sarawak, threats appear to be population related, with impacts arising from resource use (over-fishing and destructive fishing) and lack of management (few MPAs, limited enforcement and patrolling of extensive coastline).

The “snapshot” of reef health provided by the 2018 survey data suggests reefs in Malaysia are relatively healthy (“fair” LCC, high diversity of fish and invertebrate indicators). However, an analysis of 12 years of Reef Check surveys shows changes in indicator species abundance over the period that suggest possible declining reef health across Malaysia in recent years. Some concerning trends can be identified:

  • Level of LCC, which recovered after the 2010 bleaching event, has been declining for the last four years, as levels of negative indicators (NIA, RB, RKC) have been increasing
  • Food fish abundance is decreasing, while at the same time Parrotfish abundance – an algae grazer – is increasing
  • Invertebrate indicators are scarce, with the exception of Diadema Urchin, the abundance of which has increased over the last five years.

Such trends, should they continue, could have very serious consequences for both those communities that rely on reefs for their food supply, as well as the tourism industry, which relies on healthy reefs to attract millions of tourists to Malaysia every year.


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On 30 April, we organised the 2nd quarterly Sibu-Tinggi Island Management Committee (STIMC) meeting in Pulau Tinggi. This meeting brought together local community, business operators and local government agencies to discuss relevant environmental issues and concerns of Sibu-Tinggi islands as well as developing management actions or activities that the committee can take up together.

Community management involves on-going consultations and capacity building programmes to facilitate development of a strong, functioning joint management body that represents all stakeholders. The community on the islands will only have a sustainable future if economic development is pursued hand in hand with improved environmental management and climate change adaptation. Without proper management, the very resources (pristine beaches, clear waters, coral reefs and fishes) that attract most tourists to the island will be degraded.

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Reef Check Malaysia

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

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