Do: Saving the corals
- New Straits Times
In efforts to halt further damage and protect the marine life in the surrounding areas, Pangkor Laut Resort recently teamed up with Reef Check Malaysia — a non-profit organisation that promotes coral reef conservation and management — for their first joint coral transplant programme to restore the coral reefs at Pulau Giam. Also held at the same time was the resort’s third reef and beach clean-up programme that saw more than 100 of the resort employees and Reef Check Malaysia volunteers taking part. While the majority cleaned up the Pangkor Laut beach, the few divers among them went underwater for seascape cleaning.
But the more fascinating activity took place underwater just off the beach between the resort marina and the Sea Villas. It was the site chosen by reef ecologist Kee Alfian of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Marine Ecosystem Research Centre and Reef Check Malaysia general manager Julian Hyde for the initial coral transplantation work.Invited by the resort, which is owned by YTL Corporation Berhad, both Hyde and Kee helmed the work, which also involved Kee’s wife, Nur Leena Wong Wai Seen, a scientist at Institute of BioScience, Universiti Putra Malaysia, who specialises in marine ecology and aquaculture.YTL has been a sponsor of Reef Check Malaysia’s activities for three years.