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Catch of the day: Lamphan at her stall in in Penang. She doesn’t believe all fishermen are on strike as they still need to make a living.
IPOH: Fishmongers in wet markets here are worried about a possible fish shortage following a strike launched by fishermen in Manjung, Klang and Penang.
Muhd Shaziman Muhd Shukri, 44, said he heard about the strike from his supplier, who obtained stock from fishermen in Pantai Remis.
“If the strike does not end soon, I may need to look for other suppliers who obtained fish elsewhere,” he said.
Muhd Shaziman said he feared that if the strike did not end soon it would lead to a price hike.
It was reported that trawler fishermen had started the three to five-day strike on Friday to protest against new regulations imposed by the Fisheries Department.
The regulations which were already included in the amendment to the Fisheries Act in 1985 but only implemented on Friday include the use of fishing nets measuring 3m-wide with mesh sizes not exceeding 38mm.
Local fishermen are also no longer allowed to hire foreign labourers to work on their vessels.
Another fish trader, Chan Wei Siong, said he would not know the impact of the strike until he receives new stock next week.
He said he had received his supply a few days ago.
Chan, 55, said fish prices would increase, possibly by 10%, if the supplier did not have sufficient stock to cater to the demand.
“Businesses would also be affected because patrons would also think twice after the unexpected price hike,” he said.
In George Town, some fishmongers said they were not badly hit by the strike, despite a slight price hike.
Lamphan Tathika, 38, said she was still receiving her supply of white pomfret, black pomfret and mackerel from some local fishermen.
“I believe not all fishermen are on strike as they still need the income,” she said at her stall in Cecil Street market yesterday.
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