SANDAKAN: When waters that surround Selingaan, Gulisaan and Bakkungan Kechil islands were turned into a marine park and named Taman Pulau Pulau Penyu in 1977, it was done for a reason.
It was not only to protect turtles that land on the islands, but also to conserve coral reefs that thrive in these waters as a major component of the ecosystem.
Apart from being a source of food for turtles, the coral reefs are the habitat of other marine life.
Aware of this important aspect, Sabah Parks launched an annual programme to monitor coral reefs at the marine park.
According to park manager Fazrullah Rizally Abdul Razak, the programme’s objective was to ensure the existence of the marine habitat despite the focus being on turtles.
Continue reading (incl. pic) at: Coral reefs at Sandakan Turtle Park checked to ensure survival