KUALA NERUS, Sept 1, 2015:
Terengganu is optimistic about restoring its former glory as a world famous turtle landing location, following its ongoing preservation and conservation efforts.
Trade and Industry Committee chairman Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang said he was confident that those efforts would bring positive impact on the state, especially in terms of tourism, and generate economic opportunities for the locals.
“We admit this is not an easy task, but with the cooperation of all parties, including experts in various fields, it is possible for Terengganu to restore its glory days.
“Most importantly, these efforts must be ongoing for the benefit of the younger generation,” he told reporters after the launch of Seminar and Workshop on Turtle Conservation in Malaysia by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) here today.
Present were Science Adviser to the Prime Minister Profesor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, UMT vice-chancellor Profesor Datuk Dr Nor Aieni Mokhtar and state Fisheries Department director Abdul Khalil Abdul Karim.
Earlier, in his speech which was read by Tengku Putera, Ahmad Razif announced an allocation of between RM200,000 and RM300,000 per year for turtle conservation efforts.
He said the state government, through the Fisheries Department and UMT, had released more than 10 million baby turtles into the sea to date.
“However, in reality, only one out of 1,000 turtle hatchlings will make it to adulthood and come back to lay their eggs, while the rest would die due to the many risks that they face.”