KUANTAN: The closed season for ikan tamalian or known as temoleh (Prabarbus jullieni) has started and will end in April this year, said Pahang Fisheries Department director Datuk Azahari Othman.
During this three-month period from February, no-one is allowed to catch the freshwater fish as it is their spawning season.
Azahari said the fish is possibly only found in Perak and Pahang, and mainly in the western part of the latter in Temerloh, Bera, Jerantut and Lipis.
He said the fish was in high demand and can fetch between RM65 and RM100 per kg, adding that the population was dwindling and at risk of extinction.
“This fish is unlike any other river fish because its nesting season lasts just a few months a year.
“Although breeding is conducted at the Perlok Aquaculture Development Centre in Jerantut, the numbers are insufficient and hence the prohibition on fishing during the nesting season, ” he said.
He said anyone who catches a Jullien golden carp during this period should release it immediately.
“Signs will be erected at a few locations as a reminder of the fishing ban, ” Azahari said, adding that under a Fishing Methods (river waters) 1991 regulation in Pahang the maximum penalty for catching the fish during the off-limits period is RM5,000 with fishing equipment confiscated. - Bernama