In 2011, the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) carried out a study with the assistance of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) to assess the cleanliness of Malaysia’s coastal areas by using the Clean Coast Index developed by MIMA. The 65-page report of this study is curiously interesting, and we have selected relevant excerpts, with permission from MIMA, to be published here in 4-parts.
Application of the Clean Coast Index for Cleanliness Assessment of Coastal Areas in Malaysia
By Roa’a Hagir, Mahmudah Ahmad Luthfi and Eric Chong
The numeric index
The Index is then categorised as the following based on amount and types of litter collected from the surveyed coastal areas:
Table 2. Number of marine litter items collected at eight Malaysian recreational beaches.
Table 4. Overall percentage of different litter types found at the sampling sites
Table 5. Clean Coast Index and status of eight Malaysian beaches.
Next week: So knowing how much rubbish lands up on our beaches, what can be done to make our beaches visitor friendly? Read part 3 of the report to see what recommendations have been suggested.