Environmentalists not happy with aquaculture project at Kuala Kedah

Posted on December 29, 2011. Filed under: Forestry/Wetlands |

-The Sun-

GEORGE TOWN (Dec 28, 2011): Environmentalits are up in arms over what they described as the destruction of the mangrove forest in Kampung Permatang Tengah, Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah.

In a joint statement, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) claimed some 112 hectares have been affected since last month due to an aquaculture project.

CAP president SM Mohamed Idris said the clearing of the mangroves have affected some 2,000 villagers as well as some 100 in-shore fishermen who rely on the mangroves for their income.

“They (in-shore fishermen) used to be able to earn between RM60 to RM100 a day catching fish, prawns and crabs but can only earn RM30 now.

“Furthermore, the animals living in the mangroves like the monkeys and lizards are now encroaching in the homes of the villagers,” he said.

Mohamed urged the Kedah state government, to check whether the aquaculture project had an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or not and called for an investigation into the status of the project.

He also called upon the Kedah Forestry Department to take stern action if any laws were found to be broken.

He said a replanting exercise should be undertaken to restore the mangrove as well as compensation be paid to those whose livelihoods were affected.

“The state government should gazette the area as a reserve so it can be protected for future generations,” he said.

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