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January 11, 2015

Malaysia

Pitas Shrimp Park Proceeding Without an EIA

 

   

 

Located in the northernmost part of Sabah, East Malaysia, Pitas Shrimp Park, a new, $277 million joint venture between Inno-Fisheries, Sdn. Bhd., and Sunlight Seafood (Sabah), Sdn., Bhd., will have around 1,500 shrimp ponds, a hatchery, a research and development laboratory and a training center for the commercial development of the Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei).  It will employ more than 3,000 people.

 

Inno-Fisheries is a government agency dedicated to uplifting the quality of life of the citizens in Sabah, Malaysia.  Sunlight Seafood is one of the leading processors and exporters of frozen seafood products in Malaysia.

 

On January 12, 2015, The Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) accused Pitas Shrimp Park, which is also known as the Pitas Aquaculture Project, of blatantly disregarding the State’s environmental laws.  Lanash Thanda, president of the Association, said:

 

“As far as we are aware, this project has not had its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approved.  Is the project proponent above the law? This situation raises alarming questions with regards to other development projects.  Does this mean that projects that are government-linked do not have to follow the law?  What has happened in this situation makes a mockery of the hard work and legal procedures that have been put in place for Sabah.  Does this now mean that the people of Sabah cannot rely on the EIA system to safeguard the environment?”.

 

Due to the illegal manner under which this project has been carried out, no internationally recognized certification scheme will certify this project, said Lanash Thanda.

 

Information: Yayasan Sabah Group, Menara Tun Mustapha, Yayasan Sabah Headquarters Complex, Likas Bay, P.O. Box 11201, 88813 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (phone  6-088-326300, fax 6-088-326424, email ysinfo@ysnet.org.my, webpage http://ysnet.org.my/fisheries.asp?p=m&l=bi).

 

Information: Sunlight Seafood, Sdn., Bhd., PT 3804 Kawasan Perindustrian Seri Manjung, 32040 Seri Manjung, Perak, Malaysia (phone +6-05-688-1113, fax +6-05-688-8877, webpage http://www.sunlightseafood.com/contact.html).

 

Information: Lanash Thanda, Sabah Environmental Protection Association, 8AF13, 8th Floor, Kompleks Karamusing, 88300, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia (webpage http://www.sepa.my/about-us/office).

 

Source: Daily Express. Destruction of Mangroves in Pitas Must Stop: SEPA.  January 12, 2015.

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