Tun Mustapha Park
Tun Mustapha Park (TMP) is an area of 898, 762.76 hectares with more than 50 islands and islets located across Kudat, Pitas, Kota Marudu districts in Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area (PCA). TMP has unique bidiversity that support a series of complex and linked habitats and is home to endangered marine animals, such as green sea turtles and dugongs.
TMP also provides asource of livelihoods over 80,000 coastal inhabitants of diverse ethnic groups. These unigue demographic formed the rich cultural heritage of the proposed park. The concept for the park is to be a multiple use, managed area which includes areas for strict protection, tourism, artisanal fishing and commercial fishing among others. A multi-stakeholder group made up of government agencies led by Sabah Parks, Sabah Fisheries Department, University Malaysia Sabah and the Land and Survey Department, NGOs including WWF-Malaysia and the local communities have been working to realise the gazettement of TMP.
Under the Coral Triangle Initiative led by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), TMP is recognised as an important area for the implementation of its objectives for the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM), adopting protected areas as one of the EAFM implementation tools.