Fourth com­mu­nity beach clean-up on Libaran Is­land

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SANDAKAN: The ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of Fos­ter (Friends Of Sea Tur­tles Ed­u­ca­tion & Re­search) suc­cess­fully launched its fourth com­mu­nity beach clean­ing on Libaran Is­land yes­ter­day.

Since 2014, Fos­ter has been rais­ing funds from en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious or­ga­ni­za­tions for the clean­ing up of Libaran's shoreline. The one kilo­me­tre shoreline is di­vided into 10 lots (100 me­ter each lot) for or­ga­ni­za­tions to adopt.

Upon col­lect­ing th­ese adop­tion funds, Fos­ter will then dis­perse th­ese funds to the vil­lagers. The rate of adop­tion is at RM100 per lot per month or a mere RM1,200 per year for the clean­ing.

“I am glad that we have been able to con­tinue this worth-while project de­spite the chal­leng­ing times eco­nom­i­cally. This year, as we have re­ceived lesser spon­sors, we have re­gret­tably re­duced the area to be cleaned from two kilo­me­tres to one kilo­me­tre but we are glad that the pro­gram is go­ing on nonethe­less,” said Alexan­der Yee, pres­i­dent of Fos­ter dur­ing his launch­ing speech.

“We are into the fourth edi­tion. This project is im­por­tant as it in­volves the vil­lagers of Libaran and it sig­ni­fies that the lo­cal com­mu­nity plays an im­por­tant role in the suc­cess of this tur­tle con­ser­va­tion project,” added Yee.

Dur­ing the fourth com­mu­nity beach clean­ing launch, the son of the Jawatankua­sa Ke­se­la­matan Ke­ma­juan Kam­pung (JKKK) of Libaran, Budi Rah­mat Bin An­duto at­tended on his fa­ther's be­half as his fa­ther was not well phys­i­cally.

Also present were the ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of Fos­ter, staff of Walai Oenyu Con­ser­va­tion Parks and the vil­lagers of Libaran.

“I am happy that Fos­ter is launch­ing the com­mu­nity clean­ing for an­other year. It not only brings ex­tra in­come to some of us, it also en­sure a clean beach for the vil­lage,” said Budie Rah­mat.

“I cer­tainly hope that Fos­ter will keep do­ing this and more or­gan­i­sa­tions will join in to help.”

As part of a tur­tle con­ser­va­tion pro­gram made avail­able through the sub­se­quent sign­ing of a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Sabah Wildlife Depart­ment in July 2013, Fos­ter was in­volved in the set­ting up of a tur­tle hatch­ery on Libaran Is­land in 2012.

The pro­gram in­cludes cre­at­ing aware­ness for the lo­cals and vis­i­tors on the con­ser­va­tion value of sea tur­tles, un­der­tak­ing re­search projects with the goal of bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the life cy­cle of sea tur­tles sur­round­ing Libaran Is­land, and to make avail­able re­search pro­grams on sea tur­tles for in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal stu­dents.

Since 2013 till Dec 2017, the tur­tle hatch­ery on Libaran has col­lected 20,022 Green Tur­tle eggs and 7,464 Hawks­bill tur­tles (to­talling 27,486) eggs.

A dirty shoreline means un­hy­gienic liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the vil­lagers and also di­rectly pre­vents the tur­tles from com­ing ashore to lay their eggs.

Fos­ter mem­bers planned to cel­e­brate the re­lease of its 30,000th baby tur­tle (since the sign­ing of the MOU with SWD) in March 2018. Mean­while, they are urg­ing the pub­lic to work to­gether to sup­port this suc­cess­ful pro­gram.

For any­one in­ter­ested to make a dif­fer­ence by bring­ing back our clean beach, you can email to fos­tersea­tur­tle@gmail.com

The ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of Fos­ter dur­ing the launch of the fourth com­mu­nity beach clean­ing on Libaran Is­land.

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