|Pahang Royal Reef |
Siti Hajar Abd Aziz, New Straits Times - City Life
Next month, more than 200 local and international
divers will take part in an initiative to help save the
coral reefs of Pulau Tioman in Pahang.
The "Pahang Royal Reef" event will be held from
Sept 18 to 21 in the waters of Pulau Renggis, located
some 300 metres from the Pulau Tioman sea-belt.
Speaking during a Press conference recently ,
Pahang Cultural, Arts, Tourism and Women's Affairs
Committee chairman Datuk Maznah Mazlan said a total of
50 artificials reefballs would be planted in a
diamond-shaped formation under the sea.
The reefballs, each weighing 300kg, would
encourge the growth of corals on its harsh surface.
Maznah said the project, which ass being carried out
under the patronage of the Pahang royal family, was also
aimed at preserving Pulau Tioman's marine eco-system.
"We hope this effort will help to lift the
island's status as a premier diving destination in
Southeast Asia," she said.
"The event will be held annually, which will see
more underwater areas being planted with such reefballs
to encourage coral growth."
Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan
Ahmad Shah is expected to launch the event.
Maznah said the organisers also hoped to create
two entries for the Malaysia Book of Records - for the
largest participation in underwater launching and the
deployment of artificial reefballs.
On how long it would take for the coral to grow
on the reefballs, Planet Scuba Sdn. Bhd director P.K.
Chee said last year, four such reefballs were planted in
the waters of Pulau Dayang, located 60km east of
"We dive in periodically to check the
development, and we are happy to announce that more
corals are growing on the reefballs," he said.
"It may take some time, but for an area which is
a bit sandy, the presence of such reefballs will
definitely help to encourage the growth of corals."
Also present were a representative of the Pahang
royal family, Lt-Kol Datuk Tengku Kamarulzaman Sultan
Abu Bakar and Planet Scuba cheif executive officer
The event is co-organised by Planet Scuba,
Patimas Computers Berhad, ING Insurance and Berjaya
Hotels and Resorts with the co-operation of a number of