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M'sia can be top coral reef producer: YCM
Published on: Tuesday, August 07, 2018
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SETIU: Malaysia has the potential to overtake Indonesia as the world's top coral reef exporter with systematic management, says Yayasan Coral Malaysia (YCM).Its President Jamhariah Jaafar said YCM, the country's only licensed coral reef farming company, cannot meet the rising global demand, adding agencies like the Fisheries Department should license more coral reef farmers.

He said Indonesia has temporarily frozen the production of coral reefs due to non-compliance with the country's licensing regulations.

"With Indonesia controlling 90 per cent of global coral reef exports to marine aquariums, Malaysia, which has only begun producing coral reefs from the sea and land, has a big opportunity to penetrate the global market," he said.

YCM has received many enquiries from large international companies to supply coral reefs, he told reporters after the MyCoral marine education initiative held with the cooperation of Telekom Malaysia ™.

Also present were TM Corporate Social Responsibility head Izad Ismail and YCM advisor Prof Datuk Aziz Deraman.

The three-day programme on Bidong island, where coral reef farming began in 2014, attracted 15 participants comprising fishermen, university students and YCM volunteers.

Meanwhile, Izad said TM began taking part in the programme last year and 20 YCM volunteers have participated in a MyCoral programme for trainers, noting that three of the participating fishermen showed deep enthusiasm and may be employed in the coral reef farming project on the island.

One of them, Ahmad Nazron A Rahman, 52, said the programme taught him the proper technique of coral farming as a way to preserve the marine environment. –Bernama


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