Conservation efforts in Langkawi
"What we do in the next 20 years, will determine the future for all life on earth" - Sir David Attenborough
Ghost nets, like the one on the photo are secured by floats at the surface and weights at the bottom. Discarded by fisherman elsewhere, these nets pushed by currents and surface winds usually end there journey on a reef or beach. Fish and other marine life become trapped in the net and once it gets stuck on the reef it can damage and suffocate the coral.
It normally takes a team of divers, together with surface support to remove the net. Doing so is not easy, it can take a long time, sometimes more than one dive, and quite few divers. As divers and ambassadors for the ocean we need to be on standby and ready to act should we find a net like this. Time is important and the longer we wait, the more marine life die and the harder it becomes to remove form the reef.
Everyday we read news stories on how plastic is killing our oceans, its no lie.
Its estimated by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans. As depressing as that fact is, we can make a change, its not too late.
In December 2018, we teamed up with Trash Hero Langkawi and headed to one of the surrounding Island's beaches. The team collected over 80 bags of rubbish, which were seperated for recycling. Langkawi has 99 islands. The amount of trash discarded in the ocean is unimaginable. Its estimated that 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world's oceans from coastal regions each year.
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Protecting Our Own
All marine life in the ocean plays a role and it is important to protect each creature to ensure the future of our oceans.
From December until May/June, Bryde's whales can be spotted around Pulau Payar. Little is known about this breed of whale and more research and conservation is needed.
The Jenkins Whipray can grow up to 1.5m across and can be found in the waters around Pulau Payar. Falling victim to fishing nets adrift in our oceans, its important we protect these beautiful creatures.
Dolphins can be spotted in the waters just off of Langkawi, around the surrounding islands. They are spotted almost everyday and in different locations. To date, this area is not a marine protected area
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