REDANG ISLAND, TERENGGANU, MAY 2019 – The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort has once again organised the annual Redang Island Conservation Day (RICD 2019) from 3 to 5 May 2019 after a successful one in 2018. The objective of this event is to preserve the island’s marine environment, as well as the land around it. A total of 70 participants, media, sponsors, supporters and volunteers came together and did their part to give back to Mother Nature. With Trash Hero Malaysia as the NGO Partner, representatives from Berjaya Tioman Resort, Jabatan Taman Laut Malaysia and Polis Diraja Malaysia were also present to show their support towards the event.
Also present to grace and support this event was Y.A.M Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Royal Patron for Redang Island Conservation Day. She is a conservationist with an eco-friendly mindset. She has kicked off a social media campaign that highlights how she lives her life to #SayNo2Plastic. The Princess has shared how she swapped plastic straws for metal straws and brought along reusable coffee cup wherever she goes. Her dedication and strong advocacy against plastic usage and pollution ultimately inspired her to simultaneously advocate for #SaveWildlife and #SaveOurSharks. She joined the participants for the beach and underwater clean-ups.
The ocean is another world beneath the waves and coral reefs have been the source for nourishing food, needful medicines, sustainable economy and beautiful vacation sites. They also contribute towards protecting life on land against tsunamis and tropical storms. It is the foundation of cultures, a seemingly infinite source of inspiration, an invaluable library of life’s mysteries and a rich source of resilience against environmental changes.
General Manager, Mr. Pravir Mishra quotes, “It is very crucial that we continuously protect and preserve our marine environment for our future generations to come, together with our beautiful beaches on Redang Island. To protect the local marine life is to ensure that visitors from all over the world can continue to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Malaysia for generations to come.”
The divers performed three underwater clean-ups, two at The Taaras House Reef and one in the wreck. They dedicated themselves to keep our waters clean as so not to harm our marine life. They put all efforts to clear the marine debris underwater, as well as look out for any ghost nets and Crown of Thorns (COT) which are a constant threat to our marine life.
The non-divers on the other hand did their part by cleaning up the beach as much as they could, ensuring that washed up trash from the ocean was cleared from the beach to prevent it from going back to the sea which could affect the growth of the corals and endanger the marine life that is living around the area. Three clean-ups were conducted in Teluk Kerma.