WWF-Malaysia also added:
The reef-flats close to shore are waded-in every day at low tide to glean for sea urchins, seashells, and other marine resources. The edge of the reef is fished with hook-and-line for fishes and squids. Coastal waters surrounding Mabul Island are partly polluted by inadequate waste-water treatment and poor solid waste management to handle the land-based sources of pollution from villagers and resorts.More links
Tourists have complained of crowdedness on the island since two years back which indicates a growing loss of the wilderness value. The resources of Mabul Island – the land, the coral reefs and the coastal waters – are already heavily used.
A study carried out on Mabul Island and its surrounding marine ecosystems and coastal waters revealed that 85% of the island has already been cleared for village-housing, school-house and budget home-stay accommodation to five-star resorts. 80% of the coral reefs sites surrounding Mabul Island are used by all operators for muck-diving and 50% of the coral reefs, based on the agreement between the diving sector and the villagers, are open to fishing.
- WWF against oceanarium in Mabul, Sabah
Daily Express 22 Nov 08;
- New resort accused of threatening Malaysia's top dive spot
Romen Bose Yahoo News 18 Nov 08;
- Malaysian oceanarium resort in Mabul, Sabah faces opposition
Concern over Mabul resort plan, P. Katharason, The Star 16 Nov 08;
- Plan for artificial reef at Mabul near Sipadan
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