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- David McCann
Sabah, Malaysia5.57225, 117.158203 View on map
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Scuba Junkie is a dive center and resort based in Semporna and on the island of Mabul in the Celebes Sea in Sabah. Our dive center and its staff pride ourselves on our level of professionalism and our commitment to the environmental issues that are present in Sabah and worldwide. We have initiated many projects within the build of our resort such as investing in solar energy and green waste plants as well as building Mabuls only Turtle hatchery, weekly beach and dive against Debris activities and creating the Scuba Junkies S.E.A.S. (Shark Education, Awareness & Survival) project and the Sea Turtle project. We are aware that any industry, including the dive industry can have an effect both negative and positive on its surroundings but if we work together and manage them correctly we can all have much more of a positive impact on the environment. The waters around Sabah boast some of the richest marine diversity in the world and it is up to all of us to protect such a delicate and important Eco system...
Scuba Junkie is also a proud supporter and advisor to the 'Semporna Shark Sanctuary' a proposal we have been advising on since its conception by the Borneo Conservancy several years ago. The area around Semporna and East Sabah has some of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world boasting around 63 species of shark and 68 species of ray form the graceful Manta to the shy and elusive Hammerhead shark. As you all know, shark and ray species are in decline and globally their populations are dropping quicker than we can set up projects to protect them. Some species have declined by up to 90% worldwide. The Scientists, environmentalists and now, the general public are aware of this and in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence a change must happen, and happen now. The Semporna Shark Sanctuary is a pioneering project to not only protect these beutiful waters, but to protect and work with the local communities who relay on the oceans to survive. They cannot be forgotten of left out and the SSS is dedicated to including them in the inception and implementation of the Sanctuary so they can relay on eco tourism for many many years to come. Shark fishing is Sabah brings in around 500,000 rm per year, dive tourism.... 190 million and is a completely sustainable resource. The SSS has the backing of all the operatoers in the area, many local and international NGOs, government bodies and local communities and over 22,500 signatures of support. Please show your support for the 'Semporna Shark Sanctuary' by visiting the links below...