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Monday November 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday November 4, 2013 MYT 7:02:16 AM
GEORGE TOWN: Consumer groups have called for the fishermen who had gone on strike since Friday and the Fisheries Department to meet and resolve their differences before households are affected.
“Fish is an important source of protein and should be part of the daily food intake.
“Malaysia can ill-afford a prolonged strike by the fishermen,” said Consumers Association of Penang president S.M. Mohd Idris.
Fishing communities in Perak, Selangor and Penang had reportedly gone on strike to oppose new regulations that include a stipulation that their nets should be within 3m-wide with a mesh size of 38mm.
Local fishermen have also been barred from employing foreigners on their vessels.
The regulations are included in the Fisheries Act in 1985 but only implemented on Friday, the day the trawlermen went on strike.
Tanjong Tokong Inshore Fishermen Association president Ismail Din said the root cause of the grouses of the deep-sea fishermen is the use of a certain trawler net as it reportedly kills off smaller fish species.
“The Government and the fishermen must meet to end the strike so that supply will not be interrupted,” he said.
State Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM), the federal agency that oversees the conduct and operations of the local fisheries industry, needs to sort out the issue soon with the trawler fishermen.
“We are concerned with the strike. It can trigger a rise in prices of seafood across the board,” he said.
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