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“Semporna: Penyu dan Anda” Week-long Celebration

Posted on 17 June 2013
2013 World Sea Turtle Day, Semporna
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15 June 2013, Semporna, Sabah: 16 June is World Sea Turtle Day. All over the world, these magnificent yet endangered sea creatures are celebrated and the threats on them, highlighted.

Here in Semporna, WWF-Malaysia is working with various partners on a week-long campaign themed “Semporna: Penyu dan Anda” to raise awareness on sea turtles and other environmental issues. The venue for this year’s celebration, which starts on 17 June, is at the Semporna Priority Conservation Area, which is known for its unique marine biodiversity, and located within the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion in the apex of the Coral Triangle.

The activities include a three-day Turtle Exhibition at the Semporna Library, which will open to the public starting 19 June after the official opening ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Organized in collaboration with the Sabah State Library, the exhibition will feature exhibits by various partners including volunteer groups, Green Semporna and Wanita Pulau Omadal. A life-size green turtle statue will be on-site to collect pledges from the public.

Earlier in the day at 8:00 a.m., an Anti-Fish Bombing Campaign by the Regional Anti-Fish Bombing Committee will be launched at the Semporna Community Hall. The campaign, which will feature talks and presentations, aims to raise awareness on the negative impacts of using bombs for fishing, possibility of injuries, and ways to reduce fish-bombing activities. The Committee is made up of Sabah Parks, Marine Conservation Society, Sabah Department of Fisheries, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Marine Police and WWF-Malaysia.

Members of the public are invited to attend both the launches on 19 June, and to visit the event venues – Semporna Community Hall and Semporna Library – during the week-long celebration to learn more about the importance of conservation efforts to marine life and the environment.

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About WWF-Malaysia

WWF-Malaysia (World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia) was established in Malaysia in 1972. It currently runs more than 90 projects covering a diverse range of environmental conservation and protection work, from saving endangered species such as tigers and turtles, to protecting our highland forests, rivers and seas. The national conservation organization also undertakes environmental education and advocacy work to achieve its conservation goals. Its mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the nation’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. For latest news and media resources, visit http://www.wwf.org.my/media_and_information/media_centre/

For more information, please contact:
Alexa Antal, Communications Manager, Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Programme, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +6088-262420 Email: aantal@wwf.org.my

Yeoh Lin Lin, Head of Communications, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +603-78033772 Email: llyeoh@wwf.org.my
2013 World Sea Turtle Day, Semporna
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