KOTA KINABALU: The state government is earmarking Pulau Gaya here as a potential site for sea cucumber farming, says state Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Junz Wong.
He said he and Fisheries Department officials visited the island as part of efforts to identify areas for a sea cucumber hatchery, which has a huge potential for the state economy as well as for conservation.
“Apart from the farmers who will be able to generate income with the sale of sea cucumbers, those in the tourism industry will also benefit as there are aqua tourism attractions.
“Sea cucumbers contribute to conservation efforts. So this is an aspect that will benefit our marine ecosystem in the long run, ” he told reporters after visiting the island yesterday.
He said the sea cucumber hatchery was part of an overall plan to be implemented via the Sabah Agriculture Blueprint 2021-2030.
The ministry, he said, was in the progress of achieving the various objectives of the blueprint which included the mud crab and fish fry hatcheries in Sandakan, bird nest collection efforts in Kimanis and fruit collection centre in Beaufort that would complement each other to boost the state economy.
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