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Pollution killing mangrove trees


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.


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