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200 reef balls to rehabilitate marine life
Julia Chan

KOTA KINABALU, SABAH, Thurs.
The devastation on corals reefs in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park off here caused by the 1997 Greg storm will hopefully be recovered with the planting of 200 reef balls in the area.

The pilot project by Sabah Parks, costing RM400,000, is to restore ailing coral reefs and create new marine life in the park, which consists of five islands.

Successful in protecting sea turtles in other projects, the reef balls are also expected to prevent fishing trawlers from entering the protected area as well as beach erosion.

The reef balls, weighing 2,722kg each and 1.37metres in height, have sharp and coarse textured surfaces. They are capable of ripping trawling nets but ideal for coral formation and encouraging marine growth.

The project was launched today by Tourism Culture and Environment Deputy Minister Datuk Karim Bujang at the Manukan island, the most popular island in the park.

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