Sabah plans to place artificial reefs in its coastal waters

KOTA KINABALU: The state government plans to place artificial reefs along the state’s coastal waters under the 10th Malaysia Plan, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin said.Yahya, who is the Agriculture and Food Industry Minister, said the move was to protect as well as to restore the state’s fishery resources.

This year, the state government allocated nearly RM2 million to implement artificial reef project covering seven coastal districts namely Putatan, Sipitang, Kuala Penyu, Tuaran, Kota Belud, Sandakan and Lahad Datu, he added.

“This project is one of the strategies to restore our coastal fishery resources which are on the decline. The Sabah Fisheries Department is actively placing these reefs in the state’s coastal waters,” he said when launching the Putatan artificial reef placement near here yesterday.

The project in Putatan involved 50 artificial reefs costing RM500,000, he said.

Yahya said the department had introduced new types of artificial reef which could last for 50 years and suitable for fish habitat.

He said that the placement of concrete reefs were also to keep trawlers from encroaching into coastal areas. — Bernama

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