SEMATAN: The Save Our Sea programme was aimed at raising awareness of the importance of keeping the beaches clean among the villagers of Kampung Telok Melano and Kampung Telok Serabang.
Sarawak Fisheries Department deputy director Haliza Sulaiman stated that apart from fostering ties between agencies and the local residents, the programme also made the villagers aware that uncontrolled disposal of waste could also hurt marine resources, especially turtles in the areas.
“The gotong-royong (group work) programme to clean the beach should become a practice by the villagers. It can be held once a month and serve as an example to other areas,” she suggested.
Haliza was speaking at the Save Our Sea programme at Telok Melano beach in Sematan yesterday.
A talk on endangered fish and coral species was also held for the locals.
The Save Our Sea programme was held simultaneously throughout the country yesterday.
Among the agencies involved in the programme were the Department of Environment (DOE), Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), Lundu District Council, Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM), Lundu District Agriculture Department, and Sematan Fishermen Association.