Launching of Pahang Royal Reef
The artificial reef at Pulau Renggis will turn
the island into a popular diving site.
The launching of the Pahang Royal Reef,
the first of its kind in Malaysia, on September 9-21, Malaysia
Tourism Association said in a press release.
Under the patronage of KDYTM Tengku
Mahkota Pahang, this historic event, which will be recorded in the
Malaysia Book of Records, sees the creation of an artificial reef at
Pulau Renggis in Tioman. The new reef, made up of 50 reef balls,
each weighing 300 kilogrammes, is being laid on the seabed for
corals to grow and to allow other marine life to breed.
The creation of the artificial reef at
Pulau Renggis will turn the island into a popular diving site in the
years to come. The reef will be extended yearly to mark the closing
of the diving season in the east coast.
The project, initiated by diving
specialist Planet Scuba Sdn Bhd, has gained the recognition and
support of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors
(PADI), as well as the state government of Pahang, related
government agencies, corporations, individuals and other NGOs as it
benefits marine conservation, eco-tourism and marine research.
About 150 local and foreign divers are
taking part in the reef exercise.
Besides the Pahang Government, other
governmental bodies such as Tourism Malaysia, Tioman Development
Corporation, Royal Malaysian Navy, Royal Malaysian Police and other
ministries and departments have lent their support to the
Courtesy of Sunday