KUANTAN – The Nemo Village (Kampung Nemo), a special village of clown fish established in Kuantan waters, will be Pahang’s latest tourism product to attract tourists to scuba diving activities.
State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the village, about as big as a football pitch, was located at a depth that range between eight and 14 metres underwater and identified as suitable habitat for the said fish.
Located about eight kilometers from the Balok Beach, the Nemo Village currently has 14 ‘houses’ of artificial reefs made of silica, calcium carbonate, perlite and volcanic rocks.
“We will hold discussion with the Marine Department if the Nemo Village is suitable to be gazetted as a marine park, provided that all the criteria are met, to give added value to it,” he said this at a press conference after the launch of the Nemo Village here today.
Also present were Pasdec Holdings Berhad (PASDEC) chief executive officer Datuk Zuber Shamsuri and Ministry of Tourism and Culture Pahang Office (MOTAC Pahang) director Datuk Idros Yahya.
He added that the idea of creating the village was coined by Zuber who wanted to carry out a different kind of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme in collaboration with MOTAC Pahang, and with help from strategic partners namely the De Rhu Beach Resort and Muck Dive Scuba.
“This collaboration is translated into 10 artificial reefs shaped as 10 PASDEC homes, a new MOTAC Pahang office and three homestays within the village complete with the signboards.
“We also welcome companies and individuals interested in erecting a house in this village, costing about RM3,000 per unit, to participate in taking care of the ecosystem and the beauty of marine life,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zuber said PASDEC hoped the village would receive good response from the diving community, thus, help bringing the economic opportunities to the accommodation operators and residents around Balok and Kuantan.
“We also hope this initiative will educate and instill awareness among members of the public to always maintain cleanliness and appreciate the beauty of the marine life that can potentially be developed as ecotourism products,” he said. – BERNAMA