Johor sultan lends royal touch to restoring reef

Johor sultan lends royal touch to restoring reef
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MERSING, MALAYSIA - SULTAN Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (pic) dived to plant 1,200 baby corals in Pulau Mentinggi, a cluster of Pulau Tinggi in Mersing, Johor.

Berita Harian reported that the coral reef restoration programme on Monday was launched concurrently nationwide in conjunction with the 10-year anniversary of the inception of the Marine Park Malaysia Department as well as World Oceans Day 2017.

The Johor Ruler also signed a Malaysia Book of Records plaque on Monday confirming the feat as the biggest coral reef restoration effort in the country.

Sultan Ibrahim dived with three other groups to plant the corals at 20 polyvinyl chloride frames around the island.

He also ordered divers at the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park to get permission to dive and look after its coral reef habitat.

"Many coral reefs get broken because boats dock without following the rules. I will dive here again in two years to see how the corals are growing," he said.

He added that divers at the park should register at the Mersing District Council.

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