Minister calls for coral protection

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

CORALS need to be preserved as they are important in the regeneration of marine organisms and fishes, said the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar lauded efforts between the Fisheries Department and Poni Divers which are geared at enriching marine eco-tourism.

During the ohe one-day Coral Propagation Programme, the minister also spoke of the need to preserve corals and urged the public to not use fishing tools that could damage them. Repair initiatives for damaged corals are ongoing, and open to everyone.

The Coral Propagation Programme was facilitated by the founder of Ocean Quest (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Anuar Abdullah, and saw the participation of 30 divers, including the minister and 15 students.

Participants were taught proper methods of coral propagation during the programme.

Poni Divers described the coral propagation as an attachment process where broken coral fragments are collected and then attached onto natural live rocks from the same area using ordinary cyanoacrylate glues. Upon return to its underwater environment, the corals will then naturally establish their foothold on the live rocks.

This attachment process was demonstrated during a workshop by the founder of Ocean Quest (Malaysia) before the attached corals were brought to Pelong North East and returned to sea.

The Fisheries Department and PONI Divers are also planning a three-day workshop to heighten public awareness on the importance of coral propagation.

The Brunei Times