Highlighting the Tagal system being used in Moyog was an important story we wanted to tell. To show the benefits to the environment but also financial benefits for a rural community.
The tagal system is a local and traditional approach to biosphere management in Sabah. It is also known as bombon which means ‘no fishing’ in Kadazandusun language. It is a unique way of conserving nature by banning fishing at certain times or in certain zones to ensure the fish there have ample time and conducive environment to mature before they are harvested by the local community. This system is also capable of functioning as a concrete tourism product in ways that are beneficial in terms of environmental, economic and social development for the local community. More than 600 Tagal Zones in nearly 200 rivers in 17 districts have been implemented statewide since 2000 including the Moyog river.