LOWER demand for fish and crab is causing seafood restaurants to be cautious in purchasing live seafood, to reduce losses during the conditional movement control order (MC0) period.
Some restaurant operators said there seemed to be an oversupply of seafood in the market.
For most, opting to not stock up on live seafood is merely a business decision.
Emperor Cuisine Seafood Port Klang executive director Leow Chon Huat said there was no problem with seafood supply, but diners who wished to have a specific seafood dish would have to pre-order.
“Most customers are still apprehensive about dining in but I think it is picking up slowly.
“Some restaurants may not have a lot of live seafood in stock since seafood orders from customers is down, especially during this conditional MCO period, ” he said.
Huung Yuan Seafood in Setia Alam restaurant manager Teo Kok Ku said at the moment, there were fewer orders for bigger fish.
“Most of the customers are only ordering rice for takeaways and it is hard to sell the whole fish.
“We rely on three suppliers for seafood and there is shortage for clams and squid currently.
“For crabs, we prefer customers to order two or three days in advance so that we can get them from our suppliers, ” he said.
Malaysia Fish Industries General Association communication director Sing Kian Hock confirmed that supply of fish during the conditional MCO period was sufficient.
“Although there are fewer fishermen going out to sea during this period, demand has also reduced, ” he said.
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