First ‘catch’ of the year: GoPRO divers remove another ‘Ghost Net’!

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Hook and line fishing (with a maximum of 2 hooks) is fishing activity that is permitted in the confines of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, but not nets used for commercial fishing; so when our dive operation (who are passionate about marine conservation) found such a net recently, our Go PRO divers couldn’t help themselves to remove another ‘Ghost Net’ as our first ‘catch’ of year!

Last week, our team of professional Project AWARE divers with years of experience showed our Go PRO internship candidates how to remove an illegally discarded fishing net from the fragile coral reefs of a nearby dive site we frequent when conducting leisure dives.

Sadly, there was the shredded carcass of a Blacktip reef shark found entangled, and a sight that no diver (no matter how experienced) can prepare themselves for the shock.

Good news is, there were several crustaceans that the team of Project AWARE divers freed for that marine life to have a chance at survival. That’s a chance we take, as marine life has a very low survival rate once physiologically damaged by such trauma, but try we must!

This battle against marine debris has been going on for the past decade, and our operations are determined to support the local environmental authorities for the sake of diving our beautiful underwater world in Sabah, Borneo for many, many years to come!

Black Tip Reef Sharks Sighted Again in Kota Kinabalu’s TAR Park

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 @ 10:35 Black Tip Reef Sharks, News, Sightings

Black tip reefs sharks spotted again in Kota Kinabalu's TAR Park

Our beloved black tip reef sharks are back in Kota Kinabalu’s TAR Park where our divers have spotted them 2 days in a row.

Having had a lot of black tip reef shark action in the TAR Park last year, this year has been comparatively quiet.

Then again, we did spend a lot of time focussing on the heavy whale shark traffic Kota Kinabalu enjoyed this year.

Nonetheless, it’s good to see the black tip reef sharks back in the neighborhood, and we hope these very welcome guests stay around for a long time.

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