WWF-Malaysia Wants Terengganu Government To Widen Turtle Sanctuary

Posted on August 6, 2011. Filed under: Eco-tourism |

KEMAMAN, Aug 6 (Bernama) — World Wildlife Fund-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) wants the Terengganu Government to increase the turtle sanctuary area in Ma’Daerah Kerteh to make it an effective conservatory centre for turtles.

Its state head of conservatory programme for turtles and sea terrapins, Rahayu Zulkifli, said the gazetted 23.65 hectares needed to be extended to 70 hectares.

He said this was to cover lowland sea areas on the beach, as well as the edges of Bukit Labohan Kecil and Labohan Besar.

“Both Bukit Labohan Besar and Kecil act as the critical buffer for the turtle sanctuary by protecting it from the sun, noise pollution and other disturbances.

“By gazetting both hills under the Terengganu State Land Enactment 1986, it will help ensure the buffer zone is permanently preserved and Ma’daerah remains protected as a vital turtle sanctuary centre in the country,” she told Bernama Saturday.

She said the entire state coastal area needed to be gazetted to prevent turtles from being trapped in the fishing nets.

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