Order print   subscribe new

Artifical Reefs Sunk in Malaysian National Park

tioman wreck 2

Reef Check Malaysia (RCM) has sunk a wooden fishing boat in the Tioman Island Marine Park to create a new site for divers and to help provide a sustainable fishery for local people.

Alvin Chelliah, from RCM said: 'The main purpose is to create a site to attract divers. Renggis Island is a very popular dive site and is visited by divers with varying levels of qualification. We hope this new wreck will provide an alternative underwater attraction, reducing the pressure on natural reefs.'

tioman wreck 4

Mark Chua, President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation of Malaysia, which funded the project, said that there is a second, long-term objective of the programme. 'Wrecks can act as Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), attracting large numbers of fish. We hope that, by deploying further wrecks on the boundary of the marine park, we can support the livelihoods of local fishermen on the island which in turn will continue to support local businesses such as restaurants on the island. This helps provide a means to continue traditional fishing practices and it further creates an opportunity for recreational fishing services.'

tioman wreck 3

Similar wrecks had been sunk at Renggis Island 20 years ago and they have been a popular attraction. The wrecks quickly became a habitat for fish and occasionally large rays. However, these wrecks have since deteriorated and are no longer safe for divers. 

 

The programme was implemented in collaboration with The Entrepreneurs’ Organisation of Malaysia, Department of Marine Parks Malaysia, Tioman Dive Operators Association and the Tioman Marine Conservation Group .

 

mulipack

THREE AMAZING DIVE eBOOKS - FREE

Love diving? You'll love these. Sign up today to immediately download our unique FREE gifts -

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WRECKS - DIVE's 70-page, beautifully illustrated, colour guide to the world’s best wrecks

SCUBA STORIES - DIVE's collection of real life stories where divers, who have got themselves into perilous situations, describe how they reacted and what actions they took to ensure they lived to tell the tale

PACIFICHighlights of the Pacific - Dancing mantas in Hawaii • The Best Diving in the World, Galápagos, Cocos, Malpelo & Socorro • Mass Spawning Events in Palau

Signupad

BuyDive2

Destinations Spotlight

Need inspiration for your next dive trip? Try one of our featured destinations from DIVE's travel partners.

sidebar bahamas sidebar philippines sidebar mexico sidebar fijisidebar st helena

DIVE Partners

WAKATOBI DIVE-online-300x100-B Siladen 300x100 Aggressor 300x100 Fisheye banner 300 x 100 Dive Worldwide Oblu 100px X 300pxparalenzuk2

 

Read DIVE magazine

DIVE magazine is available to read on many devices. Simply click one one of the options below


PCMac final
Apple finalAndroid final