THURSDAY, 26 JUNE – Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is celebrating World Ocean Day and Coral Triangle Day this month to convey a clear message to the community on the importance of marine care.
Themed “Together we have the power to protect the ocean”, the celebration on World Ocean Day had been a yearly affair organised by Borneo Marine Research Institute (IPMB), and the celebration of the Coral Triangle Day is held for the first time as a sign of support to the goal of the Coral Triangle Initiatives – CTI) in creating awareness among the people on their role in keeping the marine ecosystems of fisheries and safety of food.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Harun Abdullah said World Ocean Day was celebrated timely in creating awareness on the role of oceans as a supporter of global society. He said 71% of the earth’s surface was covered by ocean, which clearly showed that the ocean give a lot of contribution to the daily life of people.
“The ocean today faces enormous challenges including over-fishing, which affects the marine-life ecosystem in the sea, ocean predator removal, destruction of coral reefs, expansion of dead zones in the ocean, pollution and sea acidification.
“Therefore, innovative ideas are important in solving problems related to the ocean. We must joint hands to reduce the scientific gap and eliminate barriers to innovation in the quest for potential solutions,” he said at the opening ceremony of the celebration. His speech was read by his representative, Professor Dr. Shahril Yusof, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation.
He added, UMS researchers over the years had started these beneficial studies in marine science, develop human resources and foster cooperation with oceanographic institutions for the exchange of knowledge about this field.
“UMS always support the generation of new knowledge as well as the dissemination of it. For that, these days, IPMB’s new research boat will be launched to reflect our commitment in research and the pursuit of new knowledge related to the ocean,” he clarified.
The event also saw the launch of a brochure in conjunction with World Ocean Day, Points to Ponder and the new boat named “UMS Balaenoptera”, which was then taken around the islands surrounding Sepanggar. UMS World Ocean Day celebration started from 8 June and will continue for a month. -MA- (fl)
Media and Citra Division