Friday, March 05, 2010

Boost for coral transplanting at Sipadan

SIPADAN: While the success rate of coral transplanting varies depending on numerous factors, the exercise itself plays an important role in raising awareness.

According to Sipadan Water Village Resort divemaster Bobby Joanes Basolius, 30, coral transplanting was initially popular with Japanese companies and done in conjunction with Mabul Marine Day, now in its 12th year.

“The coral reefs are damaged by activities like dynamite-fishing or drag nets. Even some divers are not aware that they are damaging corals by stepping on them or touching them. When we do coral transplanting, we also teach divers about corals,” he said.

He was one of the divemasters who led a team of 20 Astro employees in a conservation programme under the Astro Kasih banner, a corporate social responsibility project initiated by Astro employees.

“Many people do not realise that corals and fishes need each other to survive. Some fishes like the parrot fish feed on corals,” he said.

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