Speaking to The Brunei Times during the centre’s foundation laying ceremony at Meragang Beach yesterday, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said, “Brunei takes marine life conservation very seriously. Especially the issue of illegal poaching of turtle eggs; this is something we are trying to prevent, (in order) to save the species.”
He said the centre, with its proximity to the sites where turtles regularly nest, would allow the authorities to monitor for illegal poaching activities more easily.
Fisheries Director Hjh Hasnah Ibrahim said that through her department’s turtle conservation and management programme, they monitor the turtles which land and nest on Brunei’s beaches and collect the eggs, enlisting the aid of volunteers, to ensure that these eggs give the turtles a better chance of survival.
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