We have sendimentation along Gurney Drive and what appears to be erosion along the Tanjung Bungah sea front.

Blog visitor Michael reports:

Has anyone else noticed the increasing erosion rates along Tanjung Bungah Beach?

My wife and I first began walking along this beach in December 2010. Then there were a line of at least six to seven coconut trees along the upper berm of the beach. These have since been undercut by wave action and have now disappeared.

Next to the Naza Hotel, the bank above the sand, formerly protected by a line of large concrete drainpipe,s has been eroded and now the concrete pipes lie on their sides and have no protective value. The steps down to the beach from the Naza as well as the public steps have all been extended to reach the lowering sand.

The trees that were behind the former coconut trees now have their roots standing exposed to the air and I predict these trees will be dead within the next six months. The sea now reaches at least 20 metres from when we first walked here.

Something has occurred either to the left or right of this beach leading to an overall deficit of sand deposited on this beach. The coconut trees and the trees behind them were/are old trees. Seri Tanjung Pinang postdates these trees. Maybe, the long-shore drift cannot bring sand under natural processes from rock-walls that stop the sea encroaching upon Seri Tanjung Pinang?

Tanjung Bungah Beach is an iconic beach which is losing its natural shade and its beauty. Why?

There is a need for real, ongoing studies by competent independent scientists to monitor how the island (and places north and south of the island) as a natural source of materials interact with coastal processes. Not only is this of academic interest but also it builds a body of statistical data that is available when the state or private developers wishes to interrupt this coastal process. This approach should not be initiated because of the sudden pressure of inappropriate development.

The following types of questions could then be answered:

Where does the sand that replenishes Tanjung Bungah Beach actually come from?

Did in fact the Tsunami of 2004 bring all the mud that is now visible along Gurney Drive or did human intervention cause it?

Another Tanjung Bungah resident told me that several people he knows in the area have also remarked about the erosion.