In an effort to preserve the marine biodiversity in Melaka, the government has proposed to gazette 3 islands off Melaka as the national marine park.
According to Bernama, Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (MAFI) Deputy Minister 1, Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah said they are pending for the approval from the state government of Melaka as of now.
The 3 island that are involved are Pulau Undan, Pulau Nangka, and Pulau Dodol, and they will be the first national marine park in Melaka if approved.
Ahmad said the islands, which are located about 1 nautical mile off the coast will be gazetted under Section 41, Fisheries Act 1985 (Act 317) to ensure the sustainability of marine biodiversity in the area.
“The state Fisheries Department has been conducting a study since 2018, and has found 81 species of hard corals and 19 species of colourful soft corals of the Gorgonian type in the area.” he told Bernama after visiting Pulau Undan yesterday (2 October).
Meanwhile, the state exco for agriculture, livestock, entrepreneur development and cooperatives Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee, Mafi secretary-general Datuk Haslina Abdul Hamid, and Fisheries Department director-general Ahmad Tarmidzi Ramly were also present at the press conference.
Ahmad said that by gazetting the islands as a marine park, they will be able to preserve and conserve the ecosystem in the area, as coral reefs protect juvenile marine life, which in turn leads to the propagation of marine population.
He said these unique marine treasures will encourage ecotourism activities such as snorkelling and diving. This will then boost the local community’s involvement in the tourism industry.
Meanwhile, he said that an the government has channelled an allocation of RM110,000 to the state Fisheries Department to carry out monitoring activities and works related to rehabilitation, coral restoration, as well as programmes to minimise threats to marine life on the three islands.
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