NSJA embarks on initiative to replace damaged mooring lines

Yii (centre, in white), Jong (third right from Yii) and Law (far left) with participants.

KUCHING: The Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) embarked on an initiative to replace damaged mooring lines at the Miri Sibuti Coral Reef Marine National Park.

Friday’s (Oct 15) initiative was a collaboration with Miri Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), Miri Divers and Borneo Ghost Nets Hunter.

It was held at the Marina jetty at 8am, and sponsored by Sarawak Assistant Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting, who was represented by Miri mayor Adam Yii.

Before this, Sebastian was informed by divers that the mooring lines at the park were often damaged and would need to be replaced.

Organising chairman Wong Siew Moi said 14 people from the media, Miri Bomba and divers joined the activity.

“The mooring lines at diving spots in the park help boats anchor safely as well as for the safety of divers in case the waves are strong.

“Apart from that, the mooring line is a rope with a floating buoy, and tied to the bottom of the sea. Without the rope, boats have to put down anchors which can destroy the reef at the bottom.”

NSJA president Andy Jong said the mooring lines helped tourists and divers know where the boats are located.

“At the Miri Sibuti Coral Reef Marine National Park, there are a few diving spots with damaged mooring lines, namely at Nemo City and Hatano Point.”

Also present was Miri Bomba chief Supt Law Poh Kiong.