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Sampadi Island Marine Life Expedition

16-20 July 2012. The Marine Life Expedition at Sampadi Island, Sarawak was organised by the Department of Aquatic Science, UNIMAS. The group participation aims to determine the distribution of BHABs species of the island.   

GEOHAB Benthic Dinoflagellates Workshop

21-31 May 2012. The ‘International Training Workshop on the Ecology and Taxonomy of Benthic Marine Dinoflagellates’ was held at Sibu Island and the National University of Malaysia.


The group members were involved and participated in this awesome workshop.

SHIVA-Malaysia Coastal Scientific Cruise

19 Nov 2011. The SHIVA-Malaysia Coastal Scientific Cruise is a complement activity of the SHIVA project. Our objectives of this local cruise are to investigate the phytoplankton composition and to determine the distribution of HABs species in the Kuching coast. The data gathered throughout the cruise would provides further insight into the phytoplankton composition as well as the distribution of HABs species in Kuching waters.   

Kota Kinabalu Sampling Trip

22-24 Jan 2013. A sampling trip was conducted by the team after the PSP outbreak in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Plankton samples collected were observed and toxin analysis performed. Causative organism for this outbreak was confirmed as Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum.


Research Activities

Talang-Satang Islands Sampling Trip

28 Mar -7 Apr 2013. Sampling trips were conducted at Talang-Satang National Park for BHAB project. Artificial substrate technique was adopted and applied in the field.

3rd HABs and Biotoxins National Workshop

12-15 Aug 2014. A four-days HABs and Biotoxins National Workshop was jointly organized by the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), UM, National Oceanography Directorate (NOD), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), and UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission sub-commission for the Western Pacific-HAB project (WESTPAC-HAB). The workshop is part of the efforts to counter-measure the increase of fish kill at aquacultures areas and shellfish poisonings in the country, with regards to the needs of enhancing and standardizing monitoring activities among the agencies involved.