The Star - Malaysia, Friday July 1, 2005

State to gazette nine more turtle sanctuaries

BY TEOH TEIK HOONG
KUALA TRENGGANU: Terengganu?s marine turtles and river terrapins will have nine more sanctuaries to nest in peace.

The state plans to gazette the areas soon, which will raise the number of protected areas to almost 70% of its known nesting sites.

Terengganu State Agriculture and Regional Development committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee said the state would also allocate almost RM1mil to manage these sanctuaries.

The areas to be gazetted are Ma?Daerah Turtle Sanctuary in Kertih; Cagar Hutang Mak Kepit, Mak Simpan, Pantai Cik Keling, and Pasir Bujang, all on Redang island; and Pantai Tanjung Tukas Darat, Tanjung Pasir Pinang Seribu, Tanjung Guntong Darat and Pasir Tiga Ruang (on Perhentian island).

TURTLE BEACH: A green turtle heading back to sea after unsuccessfully trying to lay her eggs at the Ma?Daerah Turtle Sanctuary in Terengganu.

?The budget proposal will be tabled this October.

?We will ask for no less than RM1mil to ensure the turtle sanctuaries are well managed and maintained,? Mohd Jidin told The Star.

He said the state was fully committed to ensuring the protection of turtles, especially in its waters.

The decision to gazette the nine areas would also mean there would be fewer areas for people to collect turtle eggs for consumption.

?Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has instructed that priority be given to protecting the turtles,? he said.

Terengganu Economic Planning Unit deputy state secretary (development) Mazlan Ngah expected the four areas in Pulau Perhentian Besar and Kecil to be gazetted by the end of the year and the four areas in Pulau Redang by early next year.

He said the state would allocate RM500,000 to upgrade facilities in Rantau Abang.


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