ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE:The sea is getting shallower and affecting marine life
PANTAI Semanyir in Endau, once a favourite spot for the annual fishing competition which generated much income for the fishermen, is now faced with serious coastal erosion.
The erosion has severely damaged a stage and huts used for public functions. The sand on the beach is slowly depleting, marring the scenic view of the area.
Semanyir village headman, Shafie Kassim said the problem had become worse since the past three years, especially during high tide.
"Each year, there is a joint effort by the local Village Development and Security Committee to clean up the beach. This exercise involves removing fallen trees and rubbish on the beach.
"However, such efforts would be in vain if nothing is done to mitigate further erosion," he said
Shafie said Pantai Semanyir is a gateway for many fishing boats plying to and from Kuala Sungai Endau.
"The water off Kuala Sungai Endau is getting shallower because of the erosion. This has also caused the marine life to dwindle.
"I fear that Pantai Semanyir will lose its appeal if the situation continues," he added.
Shafie urged the authority to build a wave breaker along the beach to prevent further erosion.