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IJBBB 2011 Vol.1(4): 276-281 ISSN: 2010-3638
DOI: 10.7763/IJBBB.2011.V1.52

Protection of Marine Biodiversity from Pollution: Legal Strategies in Malaysia

Maizatun Mustafa and Mariani Ariffin

Abstract—This paper discusses sources of marine pollution in Malaysia and examines existing provisions under the law relevant to the control of such pollution. Being a maritime nation as well as one of the top biodiversity-rich countries in the world, it is important for Malaysia to give its full commitment in conserving her mega-diverse ecosystems, including that of the richly endowed seas. At present, the well being of Malaysia’s marine biodiversity is facing increasing threat from various sources, notably that of land-based and vessel-based pollution. Malaysia takes pollution issue seriously, and joins other key maritime nations in enhancing her legal regime in dealing with marine pollution. This paper seeks to highlight Malaysia’s continuous effort towards marine pollution control through the application of both domestic and international law. Significantly, such effort can be used as a reference by other maritime nations for the purpose of collective marine environmental protection and biodiversity conservation.

Index Terms—Environmental law, Marine biodiversity, Marine pollution, Marine pollution law, Pollution control.

Maizatun Mustafa is with the Legal Practice Department, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia(e-mail: maizatun@iium.edu.my).
Mariani Ariffin is with the Department of Environmental Management, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang Selangor Malaysia (e-mail: mariani@env.upm.edu.my).


Cite: Maizatun Mustafa and Mariani Ariffin, "Protection of Marine Biodiversity from Pollution: Legal Strategies in Malaysia," International Journal of Bioscience, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 276-281, 2011.

General Information

ISSN: 2010-3638 (Online)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Biosci. Biochem. Bioinform.
Frequency: Quarterly 
DOI: 10.17706/IJBBB
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Ebtisam Heikal 
Abstracting/ Indexing:  Electronic Journals Library, Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), Engineering & Technology Digital Library, Google Scholar, and ProQuest.
E-mail: ijbbb@iap.org
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