ABOUT 500 coastal fishermen in Lekir, Manjung are affected by the effects of pollution in the sea.
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S.M. Mohamed Idris claimed the pollution is being caused by waste disposal from factories and shrimp farms in the area.
“The problem has been continuous for over 10 years. This is affecting the fishermen’s catches and income.
“We have surveyed the area and found that fish were getting lesser. Shellfish and crustaceans near mangrove swamps are also becoming scarce because of shrimp farms,” he said in a press statement.
“The fishermen could have gotten between 50kg and 60kg of sea products daily if it weren’t for the pollution,” he said, adding that CAP has received numerous complaints from the fishermen.
“They can only get between 4kg and 5kg of sea products now,” he added.
Mohamed Idris said he urged the Perak Government, Environment Department and the Fisheries Department to look into the matter to help the fishermen.
“CAP regrets that this matter has dragged on for some time and no actions were being taken to resolve it,” he said.
“We also urge the state and the Fisheries Department to conduct a thorough study on the effects of the shrimp farms from Sungai Teluk Tiga to Koyan had on marine creatures,” he said.
“We are worried that it will affect the environment and fish source in the future if the studies are not conducted and publicised,” he added.
“We also hope that the state would re-evaluate its aquaculture industry to ensure it will not have any adverse effects on the environment,” he said.