Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Shark Finning @ Mabul

Dead sharks in bloodied waters. Image credit:

Photos from Danau Girang Field Center

On July 16, 2016, gory photos of shark finning said to be taken at the Mabul dive haven, off Sabah’s famed Sipadan island began circulating on the Internet and have enraged environmentalists, including state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun.
Masidi who has been advocating shark protection in Sabah’s waters denounced the heinous act, but indicated that there would be little the authorities could do as there is currently no law banning shark finning in the state.
The island itself is home to a fishing community living in water villages, as well as a host of dive resorts ranging from backpacker to luxury stilt chalets.
Conservation research group Danau Girang Field Centre director Dr BenoƮt Goossens who posted on their Facebook page said that it was incomprehensible to think that such an act was allowed to be carried out near a world class diving island like Sipadan.
Masidi, don’t just talk! Do something about it! The Federal Government must be compelled to amend the Fisheries Act so that the sharks can be protected.
The massacre is at our doorstep – it has to stop!
Yesterday, I was at KL Sentral where I attended the Allianz Toastmasters meeting and there I delivered an invocation speech, took part in the Table Topics session and evaluated a CC #6 Vocal Variety speech. And I was voted Best Evaluator.

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