Kelab Skuba UTM led by Adil Mohd has been actively doing their part in promoting the conservation of Malaysia’s marine ecosystem. This group of student and faculty enthusiasts has conducted a string of activities, including putting up hydro cheese, a type of porous wave breaker, to preserve the eco-system in Sibu Island, organizing beach cleaning activities and running coral nurseries in Perhentian and Redang Islands. The club, also a certified scuba diving school, is now intently looking to rehabilitate corals and the fish habitat of Pulau Sibu in Johore.
The Coral Nursery is a project to revitalize the ocean’s ecosystem and create awareness on the importance of preserving Malaysian coral, especially in conserving marine life and the corals/fish habitat
The coral reefs have suffered extensive damage from daily activities at sea causing a decrease in the natural beauty of the island. As great number of coral reefs has been destroyed due to fish bombing, illegal fishing and global warming, the team is determined to advocate the sustainability of the environment.
Aidil’s team will take on the waters and collect broken corals to be replanted at the rehabilitation site. Area to be rehabilitated is about 1,000 sqm and 1,500 units of coral. The team will also rope in students from nearby area, as well as the university, to be part of the activity. Once the fish habitat and marine ecosystem has been restored, Sibu Island deems to be promising tourist attractions which will help the local community generate more income.