|Project Details||This is the official description: "Located in the northernmost part of Sabah, East Malaysia, Pitas Shrimp Park, this is a new, $277 million joint venture between Yayasan Sabah’s Inno-Fisheries, Sdn. Bhd., and Sunlight Seafood (Sabah), Sdn., Bhd., it will have around 1,500 shrimp ponds, a hatchery, a research and development laboratory and a training center for the commercial development of the Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei). It will employ more than 3,000 people. Yayasan Sabah’s Inno-Fisheries is a government agency dedicated to uplifting the quality of life of the citizens in Sabah, Malaysia. Sunlight Seafood is one of the leading processors and exporters of frozen seafood products in Malaysia.".|
Pitas is a town and district in the Kudat Division of the Malaysian state of Sabah. In 2010, its population was estimated at 37,800. Some 2,500 villagers from the district of Pitas in northern Sabah lashed out in April 2016 against plans to expand a shrimp park near their homes, fearing the project would take away another 1,000 acres of mangrove land that they are dependent on.. A committee formed by six villages (kampung) in the Pitas region led by native Mastupang Somoi said that the shrimp farm which was built in 2014 over 2,300 acres has significantly depleted resources and affected the livelihood of subsistence farmers and fishermen in the area. “We now have remaining about 1,000 acres of mangrove land which has a sensitive biosystem and hold our livelihood as well as traditional practises like traditional medicine, building materials and sacred sites". “We are concerned that any further expansion of the farm into this land will permanently and completely destroy our source of income and livelihood on the very ground that we have lived on for eight generations now,” Mastupang told a press conference at the Sabah Environmental Protection Association office in April 2015.. He represents some 2,500 villagers from Kampung Telaga, Kampung Gumpa, Kampung Ungkup, Kampung Boluuh Skim, Kampung Datong and Kampung Sungai Eloi, which are made up mostly of families of Dusun, Rungus, Sungai and Tombonuo descent.
Local media in Sabah reported that the company operating aquaculture park, Sunlight Inno Seafood Sdn Bhd, was slapped with stop-work orders and fines last year after it clear-felled the area without an approved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report. The RM1.23 billion project, known as the Pitas Shrimp Park, was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman who said it was aimed at helping the rural poor and would create 3,000 jobs.
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||Sabah Environmental Protection Association.|
Kampung Telaga, Kampung Gumpa, Kampung Ungkup, Kampung Boluuh Skim, Kampung Datong and Kampung Sungai Eloi.
Coalition against Land Grabbing .