A Trip to Pulau Tigabu on the Eastern Edge of Tun Mustapha Park
- What is the status of the land grants applied by locals?
- Will the Tigabu folks be prohibited from fishing completely?
- What are the next steps for the gazettement of
- Is it possible not to include Pulau Tigabu in the proposed
- Why is the park named Tun Mustapha?
These questions were well answered by
The consultation ended well with an evening of video shows on the purpose of the proposed
We woke early the next day and ran a good beach clean-up. Even the children chipped in and literally pulled their weight in dragging rubbish sacks to a hole at the end. The kids were all smiles still!
On the way back to Kudat, we stopped over at nearby Pulau Kukuban with a lighthouse. I opted out of diving and snorkelled instead to shore. The corals were badly degraded by fish bombs near the shallow end, but showed signs of regeneration with lots of Christmas tree worms and embedded clams. In deeper waters between 8 to 10 metres, the reef was in better shape with soft corals and a few giant clams around 20 centimetres.
On shore, tiny Kukuban took under 10 minutes to circumambulate. Hisham, an Honorary Wildlife Warden, pointed out two turtle tracks. We followed one track up to a small bush and to our dismay, discovered that there was an empty hole—the turtle eggs were taken and probably eaten. Our conclusion is that we need to do more turtle awareness work in the area, especially with the community at Pulau Tigabu. All the more reason for the Kudat team to return to the charming island in the far flung eastern edge of the proposed