Fishermen Face Land Development: Penang, Malaysia
The livelihoods of fishermen residing in Malaysia's Penang State are being placed at risk by a plan to construct enormous artificial islands with a total area of 1,800 hectares. Having worked in these waters for generations, the local fishermen are concerned about the intrusion into one of the country's most productive fishing sites for shrimp. Meanwhile, other fishermen work to preserve mangrove forests in the Penang area. In this episode, we voyage alongside the Malaysian fishermen who seek to continue living and working in harmony with the environment.
Some 1,600 fishermen fish in the ocean south of Penang Island, one of the country's most shrimp-rich areas
Plans are advancing to build 3 artificial islands to the south of Penang Island with a total area of 1,800 hectares
For 26 years, a group of fishermen have tended to Penang's mangrove forests, which have been depleted by construction
Mangroves are so vital to the ecosystem that they are called the "cradle of life"