THE Minister of Industry and Primary Resources has expressed concern over certain section of scuba divers who have turned hunters and are causing damage to marine eco-system
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Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said that those who carry out
marine activities such as scuba diving and snorkelling, should not "become
the problem themselves".
"That means they don't disturb the marine life. Don't
dive and take the opportunity to become a hunter," he said, during the
interview on the sidelines of the World Oceans Day celebrations.
"There had been cases where people who know how to
dive, but use the diving or learning to become a killer for instance,
spearfishing. We must stop that, that's why we stress on responsible
diving," he added.
"Just because you know how to dive, don't start to
use your knowledge (and) start becoming a problem. You start spearfishing, or start
catching slow-moving fish for your aquarium, for business. That's not the way
to do it," YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya stressed.
The minister went on to say that as responsible divers,
they must understand the do's and don'ts of diving.
"They are not supposed to touch the corals, they are
not supposed to break the corals, they are not supposed to catch any of it and
they are not supposed to poach any of the marine wildlife," he said.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya also reiterated the adverse impact
of sea pollution and destructive fishing. He said one form pollution was
fishing nets being purposely left in the coral reef areas or unintentionally
caught in the coral.
"If they do it by purpose, then it's something that
they should not be doing but if it is by accident, maybe okay, or maybe they
shouldn't have been there in the first place. But it does a lot of damage
(with) that kind of pollution because it ( fishing net) catches
indiscriminately," he said.
"And then we mentioned about the use of illegal
fishing equipment and (practices) like dynamites and cyanide poisoning which
falls under indiscriminate killing and this will not only kill fish but corals
will be destroyed."
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