About Kuala Gula
Kuala Gula, Perak is a mangrove ecosystem which encompasses a multitude of habitats including the buffer areas of a river and its tributaries, mangrove islands and mangrove coastal forests. It is an area of importance to fishing activities which has supported the livelihood of the local communities. The mudflat and the swampy areas of the Kuala Gula mangroves have been the place of stopover and feeding for various species of migratory and resident birds. Kuala Gula has been identified as one of the 10 eco-tourism areas in Perak State. Efforts towards the rehabilitation and protection of the mangroves have a significant socio-economic importance for the local area, the District of Krian, the State of Perak as well as to the country.
Communities in Kuala Gula
History states that the Kuala Gula community was established almost 70 years ago. In a small area known as Teluk Rubiah, the community only comprised of 3 Chinese families and 2 Malay families at that time. However, archeological studies which were conducted in the early 1980s indicate that the area may have been inhabited as far as 2000 years ago. This study was carried out by historians from the National Museum and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Today, it is estimated that a total of 7,188 people live in Kuala Gula and its proximity. Out of that total, approximately 35 % (2,450) of the population is directly involved in the fishing industries through activities such as fish and prawn catching as well as cockles rearing. In addition, they are also involved in trickled-down fishing activities such as fish, dried shrimp and shrimp paste (belacan).