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River conservation awareness for school children

BMRI community project with SK Contoh and SK Petagas pupils


KOTA KINABALU: Pupils from two Primary Schools in Petagas attended a river awareness campaign at University Malaysia Sabah (UMS), today.

The 96 strong pupils from SK Petagas and SK Contoh collectively were accompanied by five teachers to the one-day event.

The programme organised by the university Borneo Marine Reserach Insitute (BMRI) was a community project with focus on Stock enhancement of Giant Freshwater Prawn in Petagas River.

The pupils were informed that their schools were chosen due to their close proximity to the river and such awareness would be useful to them.

BMRI Director Associate Professor Dr. Rossita Shapawi said other schools sited on similar areas would be accorded the same opportunity in future.

The project leader Professor Datin Seri Panglima Dr. Ann Anton said they have been conducting an on-going assessment on the Giant Prawn project for several times and many villagers had benefited from this project and increased their income from catching prawn .

We have released many Giant Freshwater Prawn to the river in several phases; first series were 4000, second series were 6000, third series were 10000 and 3000 each for both of opening of tagal and this project current. It should be a total of 26000 prawns,” she said.

In the program, Dr. Anita Yong Seok Kian and Dr. John Madin, lecturers from UMS BMRI delivered their brief lectures on freshwater prawns and river pollution. They later carried out competitions and interactive quizzes for both schools. – by Saila Saidie / Sayangsabah



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