Big aquaculture company bulldozes Borneo mangroves
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Not long ago, the clearing had been home to mangroves, saltwater-loving trees that anchor a web of life stretching from fish larvae hatching in the cradle of their underwater roots to the hornbills squawking at their crown. Now the trees’ benevolent presence was gone, in their place a swath of stripped soil littered with felled trunks as gray as fossils. The company is Sunlight Inno Seafood. Owned by Cedric Wong King Ti, a Malaysian businessman known as “King Wong,” it has bulldozed swaths of mangroves in the Tombonuo’s homeland in northern Borneo to make space for plastic-lined ponds filled with millions of king prawns. The shrimp are destined to be fattened for three months, scooped up in nets, quick frozen, packed into 40-foot refrigerated containers and loaded onto cargo ships bound for distant ports.
Big aquaculture company bulldozes Borneo mangroves. (2018, November 2). Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A6.
Mangrove conservation; Proteins; Coral bleaching; Coral reef conservation; Shrimp culture; Aquaculture; Mangroves; Shrimp culture; Climatic changes; Greenhouse effect; Coral reefs; Water temperature; Echinoderm culture; Sea level changes; Marine parks; Nippon Foundation University of British Columbia Nereus Program; Sunlight Inno Seafood; Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Sabah Environmental Protection Association; National University of Singapore; Cheung, William; Bondien, Matakin; Ti, Cedric Wong King; Jamari, Binti; Thanda, Lanash; Friess, Dan; Wong, Junz
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