UMT vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Nor Aieni Mokhtar said the main objective of the expedition, which begins this month and will run until November, was to determine the current condition and health of the coral reefs, quality of seawater as well as the effect of the islands’ closure on the socio-economy of local communities and tourism operators.
The expedition will look at what was affected during the movement control order and if there are any new discoveries, she said.
She told reporters this after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between UMT and the Fisheries Department, which was witnessed by Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee yesterday.
The expedition will cover Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Kapas and Pulau Tenggol.
Kiandee said that the MOU was a strategic collaboration towards developing and modernising the country’s fisheries sector through sustainable, dynamic and competitive management and development, which are based on scientific information as well as quality services. — Bernama
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