EVENTS & NEWS
Reef Guardian Facebook Page Set Up
Reef Guardian Facebook page was set up on 16th June 2013 as a medium to showcase and update Reef Guardian’s conservation works to the public.
Presentation during CTI Goal 5 Seminar
A seminar on Coral Triangle Initiative Goal 5: Threatened Species Status Improving was organised by Department of Fisheries Sabah at Ming Garden Hotel, Kota Kinabalu on 17th-19th December 2013. Reef Guardian representative, Davies Austin Spiji gave a presentation on the topic entitled “SIMCA Studies on Corals and Other Marine Threatened Species”.
Public Exhibition during 50th Anniversary of Wildlife Consevation in Sabah
In the celebration of 50th anniversary of wildlife conservation in Sabah, Reef Guardian and other organisations, such as WWF-Malaysia and Borneo Conservation Trust were invited to participate in a public awareness exhibition on 4th – 6th October 2013 at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.
Reef Guardian organised a one-day beach and underwater clean-up event at Billean and Tegaipil Islands, in conjunction with the International Clean-up Day: Project AWARE. The theme of this event was “Act toward Ocean Conservation”, with the aim to turn marine environmental awareness into action to protect and conserve the ocean. A total of 45 people participated the event, which includes 4 representatives from Sabah Wildlife Department, 2 representatives from Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, and 10 personnel from Lankayan Island Dive Resort. From the cleanup, a total of 542.9kg of rubbish from Billean and Tegaipil beaches and Billean water were collected. During the underwater cleanup, a drowned Hawksbill turtle was entangled to an abandoned fish net.
The Opening of Sugud Islands Marine Research Centre (SIMRC)
On 9th June 2013, Sugud Islands Marine Research Centre (SIMRC) was officiated by Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Pang Yuk Ming. During this event, a signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) BETWEEN Reef Guardian, Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University was conducted to secure partnership in the management of SIMRC for marine research, education and conservation. The event was also attended by representatives from Sabah Parks, Sandakan District Council and HUTAN.