ALOR SETAR, Jan 12 (Bernama) -- Sultan Kedah Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah today visited the Pulau Payar Marine Park near Langkawi, which is undergoing upgrading works.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Department of Fisheries Malaysia said also present during the visit were Kedah Public Works, Water Supply and Resources, and Energy Committee chairman Datuk Zamri Yusuf, State Secretary Datuk Paduka Ammar Shaikh Mahmood Naim and a 25-member government delegation.
The Sultan of Kedah said a continuous and enhanced 'carrying capacity' study should be conducted to determine the number of tourist arrivals for optimal Marine Park management, it said.
"In addition, the impact of the development and management of Pulau Payar needs to be constantly monitored and reviewed by focusing on the conservation of Marine Park resources," it said.
The statement added that a special committee would be formed soon to evaluate and propose improvements for Pulau Payar’s conservation.
SULTAN KEDAH-PULAU PAYAR 2 (LAST) ALOR SETAR
Pulau Payar is rich in species such as hard corals, coral reef fish and invertebrates, which can only be found on the island, and is also part of the dolphin and whale migration route at certain times of the year.
The statement also stated that the eco-tourism industry in Pulau Payar contributed RM174 million a year to the Total Economic Value (TEV) that could generate national income.
The statement said it is understood that over 1.1 million tourists have visited the island in the last nine years, of which 70 per cent are foreign tourists.
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