Sabah adds six new species to en­dan­gered fish list this year

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page -

SAN­DAKAN: The Sabah Fish­eries De­part­ment added six new types of fish this year to the en­dan­gered species list un­der the Fish­eries Act 1985.

The de­part­ment’s As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor (marine re­source man­age­ment) Lawrence Kis­sol said the lat­est ad­di­tion com­prises four species of sharks and two rays.

“Cur­rently, there are 36 species of en­dan­gered marine life un­der the Fish­eries Act.

“For this rea­son, the Sabah Fish­eries De­part­ment is making its rounds in 17 dis­tricts, es­pe­cially the coastal ar­eas, to raise aware­ness about marine species that should not be caught or sold,” he told re­porters when met at the En­dan­gered Species So­cial­i­sa­tion Pro­gramme here yes­ter­day which in­cluded the dis­play of posters featuring pic­tures and in­for­ma­tion on en­dan­gered marine species, at the San­dakan wet mar­ket.

Kis­sol ex­plained that the four new species of en­dan­gered sharks are the smooth ham­mer­head (sphyma zy­gaena); great ham­mer­head (sphyma mokar­ran); wing­head shark (eu­sphyra blochii) and oceanic whitetip shark (car­charhi­nus longi­manus).

The other two new species are horned rays known as the great oceanic manta ray (mob­ula birostris) and the reef manta ray (mob­ula al­fredi).

Kis­sol also ad­vised mar­itime com­mu­ni­ties across the state, and fish­er­men in par­tic­u­lar, to re­lease en­dan­gered marine species back to the sea if they were caught in fish­ing nets.

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