Fish in Mabul Island, the inhabited island nearest to the world famous Sipadan Island, are under threat. A dive operator, Stanley Sie, has picked up hundreds of dead coral fishes, mainly Triggerfish and Surgeonfish when a group of divers tipped him off.
Stanley Sie and his crew went to investigate and found that indeed, there were lots of dead fishes on the reef underwater. "After I surfaced, my second group of divers came to our boat telling us there were a lot of dead fishes. One hour later my crew and I went back to try to find the site. This is what we found, we think it's fish bombing in Mabul. Shattered corals here and there, some fish lying on the reef stunned but alive. I think they are using some new tactics. We found a broken glass bottle and shards but cannot find the person who did this......Mabul needs HELP," was his plight when he posted up the pictures in the album in Facebook.
Dead fish caused by suspected bombing.
It's no secret that a community of fishermen that encroaches into Mabul waters, have bombed the place many times in the past but it looks like the problem is surfacing again. Mabul is home to 5 main resorts, a sea gypsy community and several smaller homesteads, Sie being a founder of one of the latter. He hopes that he doesn't have to fight the bombers alone as the island is patronised by divers from the bigger resorts too. As it's a Sunday, he has to wait till tomorrow before he can reach the authorities to alert them.