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Fish bombing in the shallows of Simpang Mengayau

The Tip of Borneo, Kudat. - Picture by Ille Tugimin
The Tip of Borneo, Kudat. – Picture by Ille Tugimin

KUDAT – Simpang Mengayau, also known as The Tip of Borneo is famous for its picturesque ocean which is the meeting point of the South China Sea and Sulu Sea. Located up north of Kota Kinabalu, the tip is reachable after three-hour drive.

The views along the way are spectacular – the magnificent landscape that one would said heaven on earth.

Tourists from all around the world took the liberty to come and experience the amazing diving places with its fascinating marine life, the warm sandy beach along with its decent waves rolling for surfers.

Nurulzamira Abdullah, owner of La Nerra backpackers lodges, accommodates tourists who come to have a “Rest and Relax” time in her cute cluster of chalets at Simpang Mengayau, Kudat. The colorful and unique place has a total of nine huts.

However, Nurulzamira or better known as Nerra believes that rampant activities of fish bombing still exist in and around the area.

She said that there had been a lot of complaints from her guests and other groups of tourists.

“Divers have bad experiences while diving. One particular diver has seen the fishing boat using a bomb to stun fish,” she said.

Fish bombing is extremely destructive to the environment and even worst it effected the livelihood of tourism players around.

“If they keep on destroying the environment and coral reefs, what will happen to our marine life?”

She adds that the illegal activities is also dangerous to the divers as the culprits will not look down and check if there is any divers swimming down below.

Nerra shares the incident is rather stressful as it can affect her business. The issue has been brought up to the authorities and a police report has been lodge.

She also suggests that relevant authorities should carry out more security patrols around the area.

Simpang Mengayau will be within the proposed Tun Mustapha Park which covers 1.02 million hectares encompassing 50 islands and islets in and around Kudat Pitas and Kota Marudu will effect some 80,000 coastal inhabitants.

With the implementation of the Park, the norms governing the area will ensure that fishermen understand where they are supposed to fish while ensuring that marine mammals have better chances of surviving.

This is especially true about several species of marine mammals that visit the proposed park regularly. –By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah

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