| On 25th March 2015, Director General (DG) of NAHRIM, YBhg. Datuk Ir. Hj. Ahmad Jamalluddin Bin Shaaban has conducted an official visit to Marudu Bay to observe some of the marine data collection activities carried out by the Coastal Management and Oceanography Research Centre of NAHRIM from 9 till 27 March 2015. YBhg. Datuk DG was accompanied by the Director of Coastal Management and Oceanography Research Centre, Ir. Hj. Mohd Radzi Bin Abd Hamid and Mr. Amri Bin Md. Shah, a Research Officer. The data collection was conducted to obtain some marine physical parameters (e.g. wave height, current speed and direction and tidal fluctuation) in the mangrove forests around Marudu Bay. During the visit, YBhg. Datuk DG had observed the retrieval of the wave and current profilers which had been deployed 2 weeks earlier; at 2 different locations within the vicinity of Marudu Bay. In the afternoon, YBhg. Datuk DG paid a visit to the former Pitas Assemblyman, YB. Datuk Masrani Parman to get an overview of the history of Marudu Bay in general; and the Pitas district, in particular.
| On the next day, the delegation held its official visit to the headquarters of Department of Environment (DOE), Sabah which is located in the Federal Building Mini Putrajaya, Jalan Sulaman. In this visit, YBhg. Datuk DG had given a presentation on the role and functions of NAHRIM in the context of water-related research in Malaysia. Meanwhile, the Director of DOE Sabah, YBhg. Datin Hajjah Hanili Binti Ghazali has conveyed a short briefing about the water-related and environmental issues faced by the State. Discussion is then focused on efforts to solve environmental issues such as the waste and effluent from palm oil mills into river systems in Sabah; Non-Industrial Waste such as sewerage problems, especially from settlement areas that are still using traditional method of sewerage systems; and last but not least water quality issues in Tenegang River, Sandakan which shown a rare phenomenon of thick layer of oil on the surface water; contradicting with DOE preliminary findings that the oil layer does not caused by the waste from the oil palm mills. The discussion was concluded with the signing of the visitor’s book and exchange of token of appreciation between NAHRIM and DOE Sabah.