How can you help?
- Do not buy bombed fish. If it’s well below market price, there is a reason for it. If you continue to buy bombed fish, you’re helping to create a demand for it, hence more fish bombing will happen.
- If you have the means and the opportunity, do give fishermen a job at a fair wage. An alternative livelihood to put food on the table may prevent them from quicker means of fishing, e.g. destructive fishing methods.
- If you know of bombed fish being sold at your local market or people/businesses buying bombed fish, please report it to the local authority e.g. Department of Fisheries Sabah or the Malaysian police
- If you witnessed a fish bombing incident and/or heard one while diving and/or snorkelling, please report it:
- Report the incident to your dive/snorkelling operator (who should report it to the Royal Malaysian Marine Police)
- Report the incident to the nearest Sabah Parks ranger station (if you are in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Pulau Tiga Park, Turtle Island Park, Tun Sakaran Marine Park or Sipadan Island Park)
- Report the incident to the nearest Royal Malaysia Police station in Sabah.
- Fill up the form at Reef Check Malaysia (you can attached photos of the site if you want) or you can simply text message Reef Check Malaysia at +6011 2532 7368 with the following information: Date, Time, Location at the time blast heard or seen, number of blasts heard.
For your safety, please try not to approach people/boats who are fish-bombing.
Organisations mentioned in the documentary whom are involved in striving to end fish bombing:
- Semporna Islands Project (SIP) is a collaboration between the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in the UK, and Sabah Parks in Malaysia. The project has been running since 1998. SIP works to protect the outstanding marine biodiversity in the Semporna area & ensure a better future for the islands, reefs and people who depend on them.
- The Board of Trustees of the Sabah Parks manages protected terrestrial and marine parks in Sabah in collaboration with local communities in the area and provides tourism-friendly facilities and attractions. Research and education activities also include collaboration with various government agencies and non-governmental organisations.
- Marine Conservation Society UK is the voice for everyone who loves the sea and they work to secure a future for living seas, and to save threatened marine wildlife before it is lost forever.
- Semporna Marine Police is part of the Royal Malaysia Marine Police and among their other duties, they also patrol the waters off Semporna and outlying islands up to the Philippine and Indonesia international borders on crime prevention rounds.
- Reef Defenders is a group of university students/divers aiming to put an end to fish bombing activities in Hong Kong and Sabah.
Other organisations* and communities involved in striving to end fish bombing in Sabah:
- Banggi Youth Club is a non-governmental organisation formed in 2009. Amongst its activities, members volunteer to help rebuild reefs on destroyed coral reefs and help to patrol the waters around their island to discourage destructive fishing.
- Berungus Village, Pitas District has been conducting anti fish bombing enforcement and monitoring their own resources since 2003.
- Department of Fisheries Sabah’s main responsibilities is the management of the exploitation and conservation of fisheries resources in Sabah.
- Green Semporna is a community of volunteers who engage in conservation and preservation activities of the environment in and around Semporna and nearby islands.
- Reef Check Malaysia is a non-governmental organisation specialising in coral reef conservation, including conducting a programme of work to reduce the incidence of fish bombing in Sabah through education and awareness.
- Save our Seas Foundation has been funding projects in over 50 countries across the globe, while working with leading scientists, innovative conservationists and dynamic educators worldwide. One of the projects it has helped fund is Dr Elizabeth Wood’s acoustic project in the Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
- Teng Hoi is a conservation organisation based in Hong Kong which has monitored the destructive practice of blast fishing in Hoi Ha Wan. It is presently working to create a system to detect fish bombs in Sabah with technology developed in the U.S.A.
- The Lighthouse Foundation funds sustainable projects that involve man and sea including the acoustic project in the Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
- WWF-Malaysia’s Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Programme is based in WWF-Malaysia’s Kota Kinabalu Office and has field projects in Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area (PCA) and the Semporna PCA.
* If your organisation is involved in providing alternative livelihood options to the fishing community or is helping to end fish bombing by other means, please drop us a line and we’ll add you to this list of resources.