Students In Fight Against Fish Bombing
The “interschool sketsa” was organized by WWF-Malaysia, and supported by volunteers of Green Semporna. It was held to raise awareness of the impacts of fish bombing that continues to destroy marine resources such as corals in the region and to highlight the importance of marine protection.
Five groups of students, comprising not more than 15 members between the ages of 14 and 18 years, prepared their own creative scenarios. “Loving Sea”, the group from SMK Tagasan, emerged champion, while “Humagad” and “Sahasa”, students of SMK Datu Panglima Abdullah, came in second and third respectively.
Also present at the event were representatives of Sabah Parks, whom WWF-Malaysia is working with in the fight against destructive fishing, including fish bombing, one of the biggest threats to marine resources in the region.
The coral concentration in Semporna Priority Conservation Area is the largest in Malaysia, and the rich mix of habitat types and ecosystems provides a high level of biodiversity. Healthy ecosystems are important for fisheries and tourism, two key income generators for Sabah.
“The drama competition is part of a series of WWF-Malaysia’s efforts in instilling in our younger generation the awareness and importance of marine resources. They are our future leaders and from young, they should be conscious of the role they play as custodians of the rich natural resources that Semporna has,” said the national conservation organization’s Manager for the Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Programme, Robecca Jumin.
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