Ma­rine Ecol­ogy in Malaysia

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Sited on Pu­lau Gaya, Gayana Eco Re­sort in Sabah has gone above and be­yond with the es­tab­lish­ment of the Ma­rine Ecol­ogy Re­search Centre (MERC). This for­ward-think­ing centre was es­tab­lished in 2007 as a learn­ing and ed­u­ca­tional centre, and has evolved into a re­search and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion centre. MERC’s mis­sion is to help save threat­ened and en­dan­gered species, with a range of pro­grams.

One is the prop­a­ga­tion of gi­ant clams, and MERC has been so suc­cess­ful that it was cer­ti­fied by the Book of Records as the first centre in Malaysia to suc­cess­fully pro­duce all seven species of the world’s gi­ant clams found in Malaysian wa­ters.

The Centre has also been work­ing to re­store coral reefs in Teluk Malo­hom, re­plant­ing bro­ken coral frag­ments and cre­at­ing two ar­ti­fi­cial reefs to re­ju­ve­nate ma­rine habi­tat. MERC wel­comes vis­i­tors and love build­ing aware­ness of these important is­sues. echore­sorts.com/com­mu­nity/merc

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