KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 – Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) employees and Reef Check Malaysia returned to the shores of Tioman Island over the weekend to continue their efforts to protect the island’s beaches and ocean floor. The visit to Tioman marked the third consecutive year of the RBC Tioman Island Reef Rehabilitation Project.
More than 40 RBC employees spent two days on the island, with a focus this year on preventative controls. Recycle bins were placed on beaches, additional mooring buoys were installed to be used in place of anchoring on fragile coral reefs, and innovative grease traps were deployed to restaurants to reduce pollution released into local water courses and the sea.
Employees also continued their efforts to rehabilitate reefs by removing nets trapped in the seabed, planting new corals on nursery frames and removing coral-destroying starfish and snails. More than 200 kilograms of rubbish was also collected from the shoreline.
Reef Check Malaysia was also chosen from among hundreds of applicants from around the world to receive a 2017 grant of RM 60,000 from the RBC Blue Water Project, a 10-year global commitment to help improve the quality of drinkable, swimmable and fishable water globally.
Urgent action is required to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face and promote responsible behaviour and conservation practices to be able to protect the local waters now and for future generations. To this end, the grant will support Reef Check’s coral reef monitoring program, which continues to raise awareness on the value of coral reefs, threats to their health and solutions to coral reef problems.
“At Royal Bank of Canada, we understand the importance of helping our communities prosper. Through the volunteering of our employees and supporting the efforts of Reef Check Malaysia we recognise and applaud their efforts to improve water quality and protect the biodiversity of our beaches and oceans,” said Head of RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Malaysia, Andy Allen when commenting on the project.
“This project has been a significant force for good, not only for the protection of the local coral reefs in Tioman Island, but also in our overall fight to help clean up the world’s shorelines and rehabilitate the fragile ocean ecosystem,” General Manager, Reef Check Malaysia Julian Hyde said.
“In additional, RBC’s investment and support through the RBC Blue Water Project is an important initiative and we are very proud to be able to work with them in Malaysia; they are a key employer in the region and I commend what they are doing,” Julian Hyde added.