Semporna Marine Ecological Expedition
Marine biologists from Malaysia, the Netherlands and the USA assessed the marine biodiversity and coral reef health during the expedition on-board MV Celebes Explorer from 29 November to 18 December 2010. The expedition was organized by WWF-Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaya (UM) and the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity (NCB) Naturalist.
The results show that Semporna rivals the top spots in the Coral Triangle in terms of coral fish and shrimp taxa. However, the state of the reefs is worrying.