No need to talk so much. These photographs should tell us why the Middle Bank sea-grass in Penang is priceless for its biodiversity and as a breeding ground for marine life.
Hopefully, the Penang government will see the wisdom in preserving this natural treasure instead of allowing land reclamation to destroy this area.
Look, there’s even a Global Seagrass Monitoring Network and Pulau Gazumbo (Middle Bank) in Penang is on the map.
What is seagrass? According to the website:
Seagrasses are underwater flowering plants that often occur in vast meadows and provide nurseries, shelter, and food for a variety of commercially, recreationally, and ecologically important species (e.g., fish, sea turtles, dugong, manatee, seahorses, crustaceans). Additionally, seagrasses filter estuarine and coastal waters of nutrients, contaminants, and sediments and are closely linked to other community types: in the tropics to coral reefs and mangrove forests, and in temperate waters to salt marshes, kelp forests, and oyster reefs. Existing at the interface of the land margin and the world’s oceans, seagrasses are threatened by numerous anthropogenic impacts as well as global climate change.
And an additional threat in Penang is from massive land reclamation!
Now, a Facebook page has been set up to save Penang’s Middle Bank. If enough people speak up, we can put a stop to this.