Wednesday, February 1

Melaka enhancing beach devt guidelines to promote hawksbill turtle landing

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MELAKA: The Melaka Fisheries Department is enhancing its guidelines on beach development including on reserves for turtle landing areas to protect the hawksbill turtles population in the state, said Melaka Rural and Agricultural Development Committee chairman Datuk R Perumal.

He said more comprehensive guidelines were required to protect the turtles’ habitats.

He said the turtle landing areas such as beaches of Pulau Upeh, Padang Kemunting and Kuala Linggi should be reserved for the purpose.

“We are worried that rapid development on beach areas would lead to the destruction of turtle landing areas,” he told reporters after attending a briefing on beach development guidelines and baby turtlea adoption scheme at the Fisheries Department here yesterday.
— Bernama