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re­alise how lucky we are to be able to wit­ness this ex­tra­or­di­nary en­vi­ron­ment, and en­cour­age be­hav­iour that will en­sure its con­ser­va­tion.

We ab­stain from serv­ing seafood in our restau­rant, be­cause most of the seafood caught in this area is not done in a sus­tain­able man­ner. We also be­lieve that our guests would pre­fer to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of see­ing th­ese crea­tures rather than eat­ing them.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties that we have pur­sued in the past in­clude an an­i­mal neu­ter­ing pro­gramme whereby we have hosted trained vet­eri­nar­i­ans to come to Mabul and pro­vide free treat­ment.

In 2014, we were as­sessed by Green Fins, and achieved num­ber 2 sta­tus in their list of cer­ti­fied dive cen­tres dur­ing our ini­tial as­sess­ment.

Reef and beach clean-ups

World­wide, hu­mans pro­duce 280 mil­lion tonnes of rub­bish an­nu­ally, with 20 mil­lion tonnes end­ing up in the ocean. Rub­bish is not only a global threat to oceans, but is also an im­por­tant lo­cal is­sue.

We try to be part of the so­lu­tion by pro­vid­ing waste man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ties be­side our jetty, by re­duc­ing the amount of waste we pro­duce in our re­sort and by en­cour­ag­ing the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to pro­vide im­proved waste man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices in the area. We also carry out weekly reef and beach clean-ups on Mabul, Si Amil and the north­ern is­lands. We have a Spon­sor a Reef/Beach Clean ini­tia­tive that of­fers our guests the op­por­tu­nity to fund a reef/beach clean.

Once a year, we or­gan­ise a Scuba Junkie Marine Week, held in all four Scuba Junkie lo­ca­tions, where we bring ev­ery­one to­gether to work to­gether on con­ser­va­tion and com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives. Beach cleans make up a huge part of this week and we work closely with the lo­cal con­ser­va­tion group, Green Sem­porna, and in­vite schools, col­leges, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and guests alike to get in­volved.

Shark and ray con­ser­va­tion

The shark is an apex preda­tor that has been on this Earth for over 400 mil­lion years. Sharks have shaped the marine ecosys­tem and are es­sen­tial for main­tain­ing the bal­ance be­neath them. Yet they have been sys­tem­at­i­cally tar­geted and hunted, push­ing many species close to ex­tinc­tion.

Shark con­ser­va­tion is where it all be­gan for Scuba Junkie. From very early on we were push­ing for the pro­tec­tion of sharks and rays in Malaysia through the Sem­porna Shark Sanc­tu­ary pro­posal and our work with the

Shark Ed­u­ca­tion Aware­ness Sur­vival (SEAS) pro­gramme. The pro­posal has now been added to the gov­ern­ment’s agenda.

We ab­stain from serv­ing seafood in our restau­rant, be­cause most of the seafood caught in this area is not done in a sus­tain­able man­ner

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