KOTA KINABALU: Responding to the growing threat to marine life, and the push for businesses to be more environment-friendly, an island resort has set up a research centre and a programme to rehabilitate corals and fish injured by trawler nets.
The Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) at the Gayana Eco Resort also teaches its guests about the island's ecosystems and the need to conserve them.
This is part of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) blueprint, as the state moves to boost its economy through tourism.
MERC director Alvin Wong said a key programme was the breeding of giant clams, which in the past had ended up on the tables of seafood restaurants and displayed as ornamental pieces.
He said seven of the eight species of giant clams in the world were being monitored and bred at the centre, including two which had been classified as locally extinct.
"Giant clams are important in the ecosystem as they take in harmful waste nutrients and expel clean water into the environment.
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