malaymail.com 03 May, 2021 13:00 am

In Sipadan, researchers trying to capture sharks to study skin disease

In Sipadan, researchers trying to capture sharks to study skin disease
KOTA KINABALU, May 3 — Concerned with the fungal infection afflicting the shark population on Sipadan, Sabah Parks with the help of University Malaysia Sabah dispatched a team to capture sharks for a study on the matter. Sabah Parks director Maklarin Lakim said that they were working with the...

KOTA KINABALU, May 3 — Concerned with the fungal infection afflicting the shark population on Sipadan, Sabah Parks with the help of University Malaysia Sabah dispatched a team to capture sharks for a study on the matter.Sabah Parks director Maklarin Lakim said that they were working with the university’s Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) to investigate the occurrence, collect samples and identify the shark disease at Sipadan Island Park.The field team involved three people from BMRI — Matsumoto, Rafidah Othman and Muhammad Ali  Syed Hussein, Davies Spiji from Reef Guardian and a team from Sabah Parks led by Adam Malik Masidi.According to BMRI associate professor Dr Mabel Manjaji Matsumoto, the team spent five days on Sipadan trying to capture the sharks for sampling.

Over the years, the shark population has been depleted by illegal fish bombing and shark finning by the local fishing industry.Experts say it is a chronic natural disease — a fungal infection known as fusariosis that attacks weak immune systems.

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