Berita Harian Online, 31 July 2011
Coverage of our Project AWARE Beach Cleanup 2011 in Dungun, Terengganu in Berita Harian, a major daily newspaper (Online edition):
On 15 April 2011, Ocean Elements organized a beach cleanup at Teluk Lipat, Dungun. This year’s event was wholly sponsored and participated by Scomi Marine Berhad as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Working together with the Dungun City Council, we manage to get over 570 local residents to help clean the 8.5km long beach just outside the town area. The participants included more than 150 staffs of Majlis Perbandaran Dungun (Dungun City Council) and Jabatan Pertahanan Awam (Civil Defence Department) and over 300 students from Sekolah Menengah Imtiaz (Imtiaz High School), Politeknik Dungun and Universiti Teknologi MARA.
At the end of the program, an estimated 500kg of thrash comprising mostly of plastic materials and glass bottles were collected from the beach. The major items are detailed in Table 1 below. In addition, about 4 – 5 tons of dead wood which has swept onto the beach after the recent Monsoon season, were also removed with the help of the local participants and equipment and manpower from Dungun City Council contractors.
Here's the printed version of the story in Utusan Malaysia:
Ocean Elements organized an underwater cleanup event as part of the celebration of “Earth Day 2010” from 24 – 26 April 2009 at Tenggol Island, Terengganu. This is the third year we organized such an event at Tenggol and this year’s event was attended by 20 divers.
During that event, more than 80kg of rubbish comprising mostly of tin cans, plastic and metal parts and fishing lines and nets were removed from the Teluk Air Tawar bay area. In addition, in three dive sites where too many Crown-of-Thorn flourished, experienced divers in the group removed a total of 150 of the animals from the reef.
An underwater picture taken of a diver with a net full of Crown-of-Thorn graced the front cover of the WOW! pullout section of Utusan Malaysia on 8 May 2010. And once again, millions of thanks go to Utusan Editor, Mr Amir Sarifudin who took part in this event.
More importantly, during this event, a meeting was held between Ocean Elements, Terengganu State Committee Chairman for Tourism, Cultural and Heritage, the local dive operator Discovery Divers, the Head of the Dungun District Council and representatives from the local Fishermen Association to discus on the problem of rubbish being dumped into the bay by the local fishermen and how this issue could be tackled.
Below are 2 pages of article written by Mr Amir Sarifudin on this cleanup event.
Ocean Elements Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with SnR Adventure had organized a Project AWARE Underwater Cleanup and Coral Reef Survey at Pulau Sembilan, Lumut, Perak from 26 – 27 December 2009. This event was attended by 22 divers and 5 media representatives from the local newspaper Utusan Malaysia and entertainment magazine URTV. The State Government of Perak had graciously provided a funding of RM 20,000 to cover half of the expenses incurred by the program, while the other half was paid for by our participating divers.
Below is the news-clip of the front page of the MEGA pullout of Utusan Malaysia on 11 Jan 2010. This was the best-featured article of our Project AWARE activities, to date.
Below is the article written by their Editor, Mr. Amir Sarifudin who also participated in this event. Thank you very much to Mr Amir for all the help in bringing this Project AWARE coral reef conservation event to the Malaysian public.