What is a Marine Park?
Marine Park is a sea zoned area that spans for a distance of two nautical miles from the lowest sea level, except in Kapas Island in Terengganu, Kuraman Island, Rusukan Besar Island and Rusukan Kecil Island in Labuan. These areas are zoned for a distance of 1 nautical mile from the lowest sea level. Marine Parks have been established to protect and conserve various habitats and aquatic marine life.
Today, the waters around Malaysia’s 49 islands are gazetted as Marine Parks. The islands are:
Turtle Conservation and Information Centre (TCIC)
The Turtle Conservation and Information Centre (TCIC) was built by the Department of Fisheries Malaysia and managed by the State Fisheries Office. It is a centre for information, learning, shelter, hatching and research on turtles. The centre is also used as a treatment centre for turtles that are found stranded and injured.
The steps to conserve turtles include:
- Do not eat turtle eggs
- Do not disturb turtles during laying eggs
- Do not disturb baby turtles departing into the sea
- Do not buy handicrafts/souvenirs made from turtles
- Do not throw rubbish on the beach/sea/river
- Do not throw nets/trawls/fishing rods into the sea
- Support turtle conservation activities carried out in Malaysia
- Contact the Department of Fisheries Malaysia at 03-8888 5019 if there are stranded turtles
The Turtle Conservation and Information Centre was established in 1985. There are six (6) centers and one (1) Turtle showroom throughout peninsular Malaysia, namely:
Sanctuaries or protected / conservation areas are spaces determined by geographical boundaries that are clearly defined, certified, dedicated and managed in terms of law and other effective methods, to achieve long-term environmental conservation goals that are complete with ecosystem functions and cultural values related.
As referred to the IUCN, inland fishery sanctuaries are under the fourth (iv) list of Habitat / Species Management Area categorised as land or ocean areas that are actively intervened or managed to preserve the habitat functions or to meet certain species requirements.
Fisheries Sanctuaries are located throughout peninsular Malaysia, namely: