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Sabah Seaweed Cluster Project in Semporna

The Sabah Seaweed Cluster Project launched in Semporna on 3rd November 2012 will be part of a high-impact sector by 2020
Based on the plans for the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) project, the seaweed industry in Sabah, especially in Semporna which has been recognized as a national seaweed producing district, will be transformed into an important national industry.
Seaweed production in the project is expected to rise to 900,000 metric tones a year with an export value of RM1.4 billion.

Sabah government has allocated RM46 million to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to implement a seaweed mini estate project and RM8.3 million to about 300 participants of the seaweed cluster project under the Agriculture Department.

The UMS project encompasses 11 groups in Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Tawau, while there are four groups in the cluster project.

The government also allocated RM17 million for research and development projects by Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and UMS.

October 05, 2010 11:19 AM By Elizabeth Majaham

Seaweed Estates Taking Shape In Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 5 (Bernama) --

Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is trying out the mini estate concept to boost seaweed production that may help Malaysia emerge as one of the global seaweed producer.

The seaweed estates are now under trial in Semporna on the east coast of Sabah, the location seen most suitable as it is part of the Coral Triangle encompassing leading seaweed producers Indonesia and the Philippines.

Phase one Phase One is about capacity building among others. Will stretch over 2,000 hectares that in terms of productivity should yield about one to five million metric tonnes of seaweed per year with a value of about US$130 million (RM404.3m)
Phase Two
2011 to 2015 (Tenth Malaysia Plan)
Phase Two will aim for national development, meaning seaweed becomes a commodity.Covering Sabah, Sarawak and the Peninsula. The seaweed planting trial has been conducted in Langkawi and Terengganu as well.


UMS is in the Malaysian Seaweed Development Industry Steering Committee chaired by the Fisheries Department.


Indonesia is currently the leading producer of seaweed with an output of 150,000 metric tonnes in 2009 having overtaken the Philippines which could only manage 100,000 metric tonnes.

Presently, Malaysia is placed insignificantly under 'others' accounting for just five percent. World demand is expected to reach 400,000 metric tonnes by 2012.

Indonesia has indicated that it would ban raw seaweed export by that time. Hence Malaysia's necessity to increase productivity, in order to cater for export and domestic needs.

The Coral Triangle is capable of supplying 80 percent of the world demand with the 'kappaphycus' type of seaweed, known for its thickening and gelling properties, that can be found in abundance. It is a major source of carrageenan, a colloidal substance chiefly used as an emulsifying and stabilizing ingredient in foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

UMS has already identified 11 species of the 'kappaphycus'.

To further develop the industry, the Coral triangle has signed an agreement with BIMP-EAGA.

In this regard, downstream processing is one ongoing activity, currently under Sirim's responsibility and led by UKM at its Seaweed Downstream Research Centre.

PPRL Banggi Seaweed Development Project  was established in 1999 managed by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). The development activities carried out by UMS include :
a) Introducing seaweed culture to Banggi Islands
b) Identifying ideal seaweed culture area and Carrying out research and development on culture technique and disease
d) Commercialization and marketing of seaweed


The ocean provides eatable seaweed, abundant fish for us to eat. High quality cultivated seaweeds are grown in clear blue sea at Sipadan island off Semporna Town

Natural seaweed are processed into  snacks such as seaweed crackers. Among all natural health foods, seaweed contains the highest amount of protein without any cholesterol. It is suitable for all ages. High protein vegetable seaweed are called "vegetable for longevity" which contains high contents of protein, iodine, phosphorus, calcium, iron and vitamins.

Semporna is located near the world’s largest seaweed producing areas, an vast ocean area include that  of Southern Philippines and Northern Sulawesi of Indonesia.

Seaweeds are delicious, high in iron, calcium and vitamin A

In the wet markets of Sabah one can find two slimy type of  seaweeds on sale, one type is yellowish, the other is dark green seaweed on stalks with round buds. Both are called rumpai laut by the local.

The seaweed culture project in Sempornah has become an  income generator for the locals and is helping to enhance Semporna district's economy as the leading seaweed producer in Sabah.

In this district the seaweed culture project has already been implemented in Pulau Selakan, Kerindingan, Bum-Bum, Sebangkat, Sibuan, Pababag and Omadal.

TACARA SDN BHD - Carrageenan processing mill.

Seaweed Prawn Dumpling is now a new favorite among the West Malaysian visitors. You can find this special menu in Sabah.

You hotel can also arrange a local boat to take you to visit the seaweed farms nearby Semporna.

Seaweed Cultivation

March 19, 2010 16:26 PM

Bahrain Shows Interest In Sabah's Seaweed Cultivation Project

KOTA KINABALU, March 19 (Bernama) -- Bahrain has shown interest in a seaweed cultivation project in Sabah and may consider possible joint ventures.

Yayasan Sabah group's executive chairman and director Tan Sri Datu Khalil Datu Jamalul said this was indicated by Bahrain's Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Dr Nezar Sadiq Al-Baharnah who led a delegation to call on him at Menara Tun Mustapha near here Friday.

Dr Nezar, who is also chairman of Tamkeen, Bahrain's agency for small and medium industries (SMIs), and his entourage are here on a fact-finding mission to establish networking for possible joint ventures in SMIs between Malaysia and Bahrain.

Seaweed is a source of raw material for processing of carrageenan, an alternative to animal-based gelatin as food stabilising agent which is in used in pharmaceutical and other industrial products worldwide.

"Our seawaters are ideal for seaweed cultivation and the potential in the industry is huge. Yayasan Sabah's seaweed cultivation is carried out in Semporna (in the eastern part of Sabah)," said Datu Khalil.

He said Dr Nezar also expressed an interest in Malaysian halal products, saying that this was added value to products which could do well in markets in the Middle East and Europe.

Datu Khalil said in their discussions, he also touched on Yayasan Sabah group's forestry downstream activities such as the production of plywood, veneer and blockboard from its subsidiary in Tawau Plywood Manufacturing Sdn Bhd.

The discussions also touched on biotechnolgy in the tissue culture of superior teak and seaweed cultivation from Yayasan Sabah's fisheries and food division as well as furniture making from its Innoprise Wood Products Sdn Bhd as possible areas that the visitors could look into, he said.



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