Field notes

Coral farm offers sea change of hope and livelihood

Pilot project at Malaysia's Bidong island eyes slice of lucrative export market while providing jobs to the locals; it also benefits coral sustainability.

It was once South-east Asia's largest camp for "boat people" in the 1970s - Bidong island in Terengganu.

The Vietnamese fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam War have long since left, but today the island is the subject of a new focus, a pilot project to farm coral for export.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2019, with the headline 'Coral farm offers sea change of hope and livelihood'. Print Edition | Subscribe