KOTA MARUDU, May 21 (Bernama) -- The integrated eco-resource management
study conducted on Marudu Bay by a team of university researchers has almost
been completed, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr
Speaking when launching the Marudu Bay Carnival here today, he said the
research and development projects coordinated by the ministry’s National
Oceanography Directorate involved funding of RM1.2million.
"The study, involving Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, Universiti Sains
Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah, spells out sustainable development
programmes to preserve the marine and eco-resources in Marudu Bay, while
exploiting the resources to uplift the livelihood of the people there," he said.
Some of the findings of the studies, such as involving UPM''s study on
"Mangrove Ecosystem Study and Resource Management for Seafood and Sustainable
Ecotourism for Coastal Communities", had been documented, he added.
"As a result of the study, a workshop on eco-tourism management was
conducted for 32 participants from eight villages which have the potential to be
developed for eco-tourism.
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"The series of workshop exposed participants on the eco-diversity of Marudu
Bay, its potentials and on community-based eco-tourism. It garnered good
response from participants and we hope that it will result in them seriously
undertaking eco-tourism as a new business opportunity," he added.
Ongkili said that the UPM study also identified several business
opportunities in Marudu Bay including green tourism, homestays, aquaculture, sea
cucumber and cage fish rearing, oyster breeding, sea transportation, mangrove
boardwalks and bird observatories.
Efforts are being made to not only get the local community involved in the
ventures but also for investors to take up the business opportunities in Marudu
Bay, which would spur more economic activities for Kota Marudu, he added.
"Marudu Bay is rich in biodiversity, mangrove swamp and marine resources
and its valuable resources have been documented since more than 400 years ago,"
Marudu Bay covers Kudat, Pitas and Kota Marudu districts, up till Pulau
Ongkili also urged the people to protect the bay and adhere to sound
conservation practices to ensure sustainability of the marine resources since
Marudu Bay is home to over 60 species of almost-extinct birds, mammals and
The Marudu Bay Carnival held at Kpg Tanjung Batu was to celebrate the
eco-diversity of Marudu Bay and spread awareness on the importance of preserving
the nature. It has been an annual affair for Kota Marudu since 2006.