KOTA KINABALU, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- The results of scientific expeditions carried out in Teluk Darvel, Lahad Datu and the waters of Mantanani, Kota Belud have found that both areas are suitable habitats for endangered marine life, namely giant clams and turtle species.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Assafal P. Alian said the expedition was conducted for seven days in Teluk Darvel in Feb last year and five days in the waters of Mantanani in August the same year.
The study also found that some areas have coral reefs and natural seaweed left undisturbed.
‘Such reefs should be the main focus area for various species of coral reef fish as their natural habitat," he said when speaking at the closing of the ‘Teluk Darvel & Perairan Mantanani’ scientific expedition seminar here today.
However, coral reef fish abundance was low in the area believed to be due to unsustainable fishing activities.
“I hope the relevant parties can take drastic measures and implement protective initiatives at both areas so that the fish population will increase and benefit fishermen,” he said.
At the event, the Sabah Parks Research permit application system was also launched online.
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