SAM wants sand mining at turtle landing site stopped

LUMUT: Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has called for all sand mining activities at the river mouth of Sungai Puyu in Pantai Pasir Panjang, Segari here to cease immediately to prevent the destruction of turtle landing sites.

SAM research field officer Meor Razak Meor Abdul Rahman said the activities conducted involved the only turtle landing area in Perak which stretched over seven kilometres.

He said the area has been categorised as a level 1 environment sensitive area which could not be developed for any activities or change of land use except for low-impact tourism economic activities, education and research.

"When the sand mining began, we are worried it may disrupt the natural habitat and affect the number of turtle landings.

"The state government should give attention to environmental protection and not only on development. In fact, according to licensed turtle egg collectors appointed by the Fisheries Department, turtle egg collection in the area has fallen," he told reporters here today.

Meor Razak also called for the protected turtle landing site as well as the nearby forest areas to be gazetted as a State Park. — Bernama