‘Shark Girl’ inspired many at MNS-GSC event

By H.Y. Leong
Photos by Anba, Ranjith, Eugene Chua and Jessica Ng

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The film Shark Girl was well received by members of the public who attended a free screening at GSC NU Sentral on 10th of September 2016.

Presented by Malaysian Nature Society Selangor Branch Marine Group and hosted by Golden Screen Cinemas, the film was screened in conjunction with the My Fin My Life Campaign.

The campaign aimed to address the decline of shark populations in Malaysia by getting businesses, the Malaysian government and the public to pledge to remove shark’s fin soup from menus.

One-third of shark species are close to extinction because of commercial fisheries.

“Malaysia is the world’s third-largest shark’s fin importer in volume, according to a 2015 FAO report,” said MNS Selangor Branch Marine Group Coordinator Wong Wee Liem. “Most of that is consumed locally. But times have changed. Shouldn’t we evolve with the times and more importantly, the knowledge?”

The film depicted the story of 19-year-old Madison Stewart, an Australian conservationist and filmmaker. Growing up on the Great Barrier Reef, Madison realised the creature she loves most was disappearing fast. Determined to show the world the importance of these mighty creatures she’s never feared, Madison investigated the Australian shark fisheries and connected with a global network of conservationists to safeguard the animals she loves.

The one-hour film was watched by 220 people including secondary school students and 212 pledges to not consume shark fin’s soup and not buy shark products were collected at the event.

MNS Vice President Professor Dr Ahmad Ismail gave a short speech about conservation while Wong talked about marine programmes that people could participate in.

Many of the cinema-goers found the film inspiring.

After the screening, a personal message from the film’s Australian producers Gisela Kaufmann and Carsten Orlt, was read out to the audience:

“We’re passionate about nature and the environment and have always believed it is the young generation that can change our future for the better – and we’ve always believed that every single person can make a difference. That’s exactly what Madison stands for. She believes so strongly in saving our sharks and oceans and her passion continues to inspire many people around her. Following the film’s release in Australia, several supermarkets voluntarily stopped selling shark meat, others are now considering it. This is a major change in attitude. And it’s not only legislation that can stop destructive practises like shark finning, it’s each and everyone of us who can contribute – starting to talk, reflect, rethink and act. Once you understand what’s happening, it’s easy to do the right thing.”

The film producers gave MNS Selangor Branch Marine Group the right to screen it for one-time in Malaysia. The film won many awards including the PANDA Award for the best Environment & Conservation film at Wildscreen Film Festival 2014.

“Thus, through this engagement with Golden Screen Cinemas, we hope that this campaign will educate and engage more people to be concerned about shark population decline and pledge to end the consumption and trade of shark fin products in Malaysia,” added Wong.

Note: To buy limited edition shark badges, click here. 


Marine SIG get-together

Date: Saturday 16th July 2016
Time: 2.30-5.00pm
Venue: Urban Nature Centre (MNS HQ) Jalan Kelantan
To register: Eventbrite

Hey Mariners! We are having a get-together at the Room on the top of the Red Stairs at the Urban Nature Centre which is beside the Malaysian Nature Society Headquarters. The get-together is open to ANYONE with varying degrees of interest in marine-related events or just plain curious about who we are and what we really do behind the name ‘MNS Marine Special Interest Group.’ This is the perfect time to network, mingle and enquire, before doing the next brave thing (or not all) – volunteer to help out the committee.

What can I bring to the event?

Bring photographs/digital images/video of a recent snorkelling/diving event or of your favourite marine animal/plant to share with fellow members. There will be some snacks and drinks. If you wish to bring your own halal snacks and beverages, please contact the organiser.



Workshop: Marine volunteer training 2015

Octonauts-FacebookShareJoin MNS Marine Group (Selangor Branch) for its two-parter World Oceans Day celebrations!

We will be conducting a 1-night, 1 morning workshop in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan from 12-13th June 2015 for MNS members who wish to volunteer at our annual World Oceans Day event.

You will learn about marine life, fish identification, animal symbiosis, how to conduct a low-tide beach walk, how to carry out a clean coast index study, an underwater clean-up (for divers) and many more exciting activities!

The itinerary looks something like this: On Friday, arrive in Port Dickson in time for dinner, low-tide beach walk (be prepared to stay up late!), overnight at accommodation, continue workshop next morning till lunch time then head back home.

Requirements: you must know how to swim proficiently, be comfortable in the sea, have a desire to share your knowledge of the marine environment with adults and children, and after “graduating” from the workshop, be able to volunteer at least once a year for a MNS marine event/WOD event.

For more information about costs, detailed schedule, car-pooling, accommodation, what to bring etc or to register, please e-mail Wee Liem at wlwong983[at]gmail.com with the following details:

1) your full name
2) valid MNS membership number
3) mobile number
4) specify if you are a diver / non-diver
5) any other qualifications you have e.g. reef check diver, SSI snorkel diver, first aider, etc

Note: If you are not a MNS member, but would like to join this workshop, sign up as a member here first. The WOD 2015 location and dates will be announced later (hint: it’s not in June).

Update: Due to things beyond our control, the training has been postponed.

Volunteers wanted for SOS Campaign

Dates: 30 July – 1 August
Venue: Malaysia International Dive Expo, PWTC

We are looking for volunteers to assist in the activities of the Save Our Seafood Campaign, organised by WWF-Malaysia & the Malaysian Nature Society.

We currently need at least 2 volunteers to help out at the exhibition booth. The slots are 10am to 2.30pm and 2.30pm to 7pm. 

If interested, please e-mail Hui Min at branchkhor.hm@gmail.com by 28th July, 2010.  

Volunteer for screening of End of the Line documentary

Date: 5 August
Venue: TGV, KLCC

As part of the Save our Seafood Campaign by WWF-Malaysia and Malaysian Nature Society, the End of the Line documentary will be screened at TGV Cinema. We currently need around 5 volunteers to help out during this event. 

If interested, please e-mail Hui Min at branchkhor.hm@gmail.com by 28th July, 2010.  

Help the seahorses!

Dates: 16-17 June (Sat – Sun)
Cost: RM180 (members)/ RM240 (non-members).
Places: Limited to 15pax, first come & paid, first served!

See the seahorses and help in the Seahorse Volunteer Programme with Save Our Seahorses (SOS). We’ll also visit the uninhabited island of Pulau Merambong nearby and Kukup National Park. A seafood lunch in Kukup will be provided. Travel is by carpool, costs to be borne by each individual. This package covers:
(1) 1-night stay in a 3-star hotel (Sat night)
(2) 2 meals (Sun breakfast & Sun seafood lunch)
(3) Seahorse Volunteer Programme costs (boat transfer + guide fees + Pulau Merambong visit)
(4) Kukup National Park costs (entrance ticket + English-speaking guide + boat)

Booking: By Tues, 15 May = pay RM100
Confirm: By Thur, 31 May = pay full sum (RM180 or RM240)

Contact: Khor Hui Min 017-881 7714 or via e-mail at khor.hm@gmail.com

MNS thank you gathering for TIF06 volunteers

By mnsmarine

As usual, there was way too much food and those who were the last to leave “bungkus” the leftovers. We had the annual group get-together, this time at Doc Kana’s place – a sufficiently large enough multi-purpose room by the condominium pool (June 17, 2006).
As this was also the thank you to the volunteers of Tioman Island Fest 2006, we also had a good turnout of Nature Guide special interest group (SIG) members – who was also celebrating their group’s anniversary. Happy Birthday!

It was a time to catch up with one another, plus meet recently joined members as well as yet-to-sign up people. Then our out-going group coordinator TC Lim took to the floor and gave us a rundown of what’s been happening in the marine group. As we were a SIG, we couldn’t vote in the new committee, so we simply applauded whomever was interested in helping out for another year. Serina takes over the helm as the group’s coordinator, with lots more people helping out with the educational and scientific activities. Here’s to another fruitful year ahead!