T-Shirt merchandise

In an effort to raise funds to run education and conservation programmes, the Marine Group is now selling marine-related merchandise produced by our volunteers. Any surplus returns to the Marine Group Fund for the purchasing of material and equipment for coral reef education, reef checks, introduction to snorkelling programmes, and other marine awareness events like Island Fest. We hope you will continue to support us! Thank you.

Our merchandise is available at The MNS Shop.

MP = MNS Member’s price
NMP = Non-Member’s Price

T-Shirts

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Dugong-on-a-carton
V-neck sizes: S, M
MP: RM19
NMP: RM23

 

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Dugong-on-a-carton
Round-neck sizes: S, M
MP: RM15
NMP: RM17

 

mer_embdugladycollarEmbroidery dugong motif
Ladies’ collared sizes: M, L
MP: RM22
NMP: RM26

 

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Coral Reef
Kids’ round neck sizes: S, M
MP: RM15
NMP: RM17

 

 

 

 

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Kid-designed badges on sale

As part of the Marine Group’s marine awareness programme at schools, the third year students of Garden International School Kuala Lumpur participated in a competition which conveyed a marine conservation message on a button badge.

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The children, with the support of their teachers, also raised sufficient funds to produce two of their winning badge designs AND allowed the Marine Group to conduct a similar programme with a school on Pulau Tioman.

Buy these badges (RM10/set) at The MNS Shop, or please get in touch with Serina and help raise money for future activities with island children.

 

Of huge hearts in little kids

By Serina Rahman
Photos by Ji Lian, Serina Rahman and Khor Hui Min

jilian_2006gardenThe third year students of Garden International School are very little people with very big hearts. I was fortunate to be invited to spend some time with these 9-year-old kids to talk to them about the marine environment; but when I got there, their eagerness and passion simply bowled me over.

It really wasn’t difficult to get them excited about the ocean and its inhabitants; their teachers already had an extensive environmental programme weaved into their curriculum and most of the kids were already environmentally savvy and aware of conservation issues. Still, it was fantastic to see them sit in wide-eyed wonder at photos of underwater critters and creatures, some of which they had never seen before.

srahman_2006gardenBeyond just being amazed at the beauty of what lies beneath the deep blue seas, these young citizens of the world were able to understand that this ecosystem is in danger and that they had to do something about it. They were incredibly boisterous and imaginative in their response to activities held in each class after the main talk.

As part of the brief programme at the school, each child took part in a competition to convey a marine conservation message on a button badge. Our goal was to look for funds to print the winning designs in order to raise money for future activities with island children, but what happened next was a huge surprise.

On their own (and with their teachers’ support), the children sold cakes, cookies and their own toys to raise funds at lunchtime for our cause. They garnered an astounding RM3,100 which they split between us and WWF. A few weeks later I received a phone call informing me that the children had done some fund-raising for us, but I was dumbfounded when I saw exactly what they had done – all on their own initiative.

hmkhor_2006tiomanThe RM1,505 cheque that they proudly presented to me at their Earth Day concert financed the production of two of their winning badge designs AND allowed us to conduct a similar programme on Pulau Tioman. The hard work of these third year children in Kuala Lumpur enabled us to produce a total of five designs (three of which came from the school children on Pulau Tioman).

The Marine Group would have been hard-pressed to come up with the cash to do all this if it wasn’t for the generosity and dedication of these young children. Four months after my first visit, I went back to the school again to give out prizes and say goodbye before they disbanded for the holidays, and they were still bubbling over with questions on the environment. Without hesitation, they could rattle off a number of things that they could do to save the world, but if you ask me, they’ve done a lot already!

To find out more about these badges or to buy them (RM10 per set), please get in touch with Serina at serina74@whale-mail.com.

SKBD’s Save the Sharks campaign

By mnsmarine

mer_sharkpendantThe primary schoolchildren of Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara think that sharks are so cool that they deserved to be saved from the soup pot! The 2005 campaign to conserve this marine species is a commendable school effort. Amongst some of the shark-themed activities were an exhibition, a collection of essays, merchandise, and in November, the performance “Making of Teeth”, at the KL Performing Arts Centre.

Fifteen students also designed colourful badges to raise funds for an educational shark colouring book for schools. The MNS Marine Group, Selangor Branch, volunteered to help sell a portion of the badges at RM2 each and pewter shark pendants at RM10 each. Since the merchandise have appeared on the Marine Group website, we’ve received overwhelming response from members of the public and MNS. Thank you for your support!

Shark Fact #1: Many shark species are threatened with extinction due to over-fishing.

Shark Fact #2: As of 2004, more than 250 shark species are listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (www.redlist.org)

Shark Fact #3: Demand for shark fin soup in Asia is the main contributing factor to the global decline in shark populations. Often, sharks are ‘finned’ and the rest of their bodies – often still alive – are dumped at sea.

Shark Fact #4: Sharks are amongst the slowest growing species in the whole animal kingdom. Most species do not mature for many years, can have a gestation period of up to 22 months and produce only a handful to a few hundred pups at a time.

Shark Fact #5: The world’s top marine scientists predict that the continued removal of sharks from their ecosystems will have dire consequences for other fish species that we humans rely on for food. Sharks, as the top predator of the sea, are crucial to maintaining the balance of all life on the planet.

Note: Shark facts are sourced from www.sharks.org.