The population of sharks in Sabah have fallen by 98% over the past 20 years. The schools of Hammerheads at Sipadan and Layang Layang are some of the best protected sharks in Sabah. Yet the numbers are falling every year. Except for these two semi-protected reefs, there are almost no white tips at any dive site in Sabah. Black tips and Grey reef sharks only exist at one or two - diver protected reefs. The only place to see leopard sharks is at the Green Connection - we need to stop the destruction of sharks in Sabah.
Help us convince the government that a live shark is worth a lot and a dead shark does not help the tourist industry. A live shark is worth US$200-250,000 per year! Baby sharks like these are cute!
We need to protect more Marine Protected areas and we need to Ban shark fishing.
You can sign the petition as a first step.
Learn More about the threats sharks face, Shark finning
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Skates and rays are some of the least known endangered species on the planet! Yet they are still eaten and mostly unprotected. Trawl fisheries take millions per year
Reef fish are very dependent on healthy coral reefs. Apart from a few endangered food fish species and seahorses, most marine fish are not at risk. Their survival is tied in very closely with the survival of the coral reef.
Coral Reefs are one of the most important ecosystems in Borneo. They produce food for millions of people and contain some of the highest diversity on the planet. Coral reefs in Borneo are part of the Coral Triangle - the area of the ocean with more coral species than anywhere else.
Coral has suffered from destructive fishing and other man-made threats. The reefs of Borneo are severely damaged. There are plenty of coral fragments broken off by bomb fishing, anchors and other accidents. We can replant these and they will live through the next storm season. If not planted they will die and become sand!
You can help by planting coral to increase the rate of reef recovery.
Coral Planting in Semporna
Sabah has xx sq km of coral reef. Less than 25% is in good condition. Less than 5% is Pristine.
Only xx% is actually protected in a Marine protected area.
Sabah has a number of National Parks, but only five designated coral reef MPAs:
1. Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area 463 sq km
2. Tunku Abdul Rahman
3. Pulau Penyu (Turtle Islands) 4. Pulau Sipadan
5. Pulau Tiga 6. Tun Sarakan 101 sq km