Soil in Tanjung Piai and Pulau Kukup mangrove forests rendered infertile
OIL spills from nearby merchant ships anchoring off the waters of Johor National Park has polluted and caused considerable environmental damage of mangrove forests in Tanjung Piai and Pulau Kukup over the past five years.
The soil at several areas has been rendered infertile and the mangrove trees can no longer help mitigate erosion, said Johor National Park director Suhairi Hashim.
The ships traversing the waters have also caused large waves, further worsening the situation.
When met at the "Save Our Mangrove" programme in Tanjung Piai recently, Suhairi said over 2,000 mangrove trees in 20ha of land in Tanjung Piai have been destroyed this year.
"Another 3,000 trees were damaged in Pulau Kukup.
"If this problem is not resolved soon, the coastal beaches in the areas will be severely eroded," said Suhairi.