An initiative to create awareness and educate students and teachers on the importance of ocean and marine conservation, turtle conservation and the problems around plastic pollution
Batu Batu Resort is located at Pulau Tengah, Mersing, Johor, and is about 20 minutes boat ride from Mersing town. Besides being a gorgeous resort, the resort cares and is committed to the preservation, proliferation and protection of the flora and fauna in and around Pulau Tengah (Tengah Island).
The resort tread lightly, source sustainably and support local business wherever possible. Batu Batu has set-up and run several conservation initiatives including island-based Turtle Watch Camp.
In 2017, the Turtle Watch Camp at Batu Batu Resort received 7588 turtle eggs from 9 islands, resulting in the release of 4543 sea turtle hatchlings. The hatch rate was 60.8% which was an increase of 13.1% and 12.8% from 2016 and 2015 respectively.
The coral and fish population around the island appear better today than they were before Batu Batu was opened. The resort does its part by protecting reefs and letting them grow healthier day-by-day by enforcing the no-take zone around the island, and protects turtle eggs from poachers which allows thousands of endangered green turtles and critically endangered hawksbill turtles to hatch. Batu Batu also picked-up hundreds of bags of washed-up plastic from the beaches each year – in all of these ways to have a positive impact on the island and her surroundings.
It has been one of Batu Batu’s main objectives for 2018 to launch an environmental outreach programme with school children and after receiving the go ahead from the local authorities, Batu Batu resort was finally able to make it happen.
The programme was delivered by Siva Prakash, Conservation Outreach Coordinator at Batu Batu Resort, to eight Mersing schools, a mixture of primary and secondary. They aimed to undertake three visits with each of the schools to expose and educate the students (and teachers) on the importance of ocean and marine conservation, turtle conservation and the problems around plastic pollution. Schools involved include SMK Anjung Batu, SK Sri Mersing, SMK Sri Mersing, SJK (T) Mersing, SK Bandar Mersing, SK Mersing Kanan, SMK Mersing and SMK Pai Chee.
It is hoped that over the sessions, these students will gain a greater knowledge of the importance of protecting local Marine life for future generations. Perhaps they will feel inspired to reduce their own plastic use, or organise their own beach cleans.
So far sessions have taken place in three schools namely, SMK Mersing, SJK (T) Mersing & SK Sri Mersing with more sessions planned over the coming months.
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