JOHOR BARU: A local fishing group is geared up and ready to go out again now that the recovery movement control order (MCO) grants them some freedom to indulge in their hobby.
The members of Kayak Fishing Johor, comprising about 100 individuals from all over the state, used to frequently go out to sea using the kayak to fish before the Covid-19 outbreak.
The recovery phase has allowed them and others to carry out activities such as fishing, interstate travel and going out to sea, and many are jumping at the chance after a long break.
Mohamad Zawawi Ismail, 39, who is the founder of Kayak Fishing Johor, said plans were afoot to organise an island clean-up activity for members.
He said the event previously planned for March was cancelled due to the pandemic, adding that a new date was yet to be fixed as they need to work around the monsoon season nearing the end of the year.
“We planned a 40-member clean-up but we are considering fewer than 10 now due to the pandemic.
“If the situation improves further, we will consider increasing the numbers for the one-day activity, ” he said.
Mohamad Zawawi said the objective of the island clean-up was to remove waste such as plastic bottles and glass from the beaches in Mersing and its islands such as Pulau Rawa, Pulau Kelabang and Pulau Besar.
He said members going out to sea would observe standard operating procedures (SOP) such as social distancing.
A long-time member of the group, Herman Tang, 44, said he was so excited about going fishing again.
“I cleaned my gear in readiness for this, ” said the head of sales for a multi-national company here.
“For kayak fishing, we normally wear masks to block out the sun and avoid getting too close to one another. As such observing the SOP will not be a problem for members, ” he said.
“I took take my children to Sungai Pendas and headed to the mangroves to catch fish, ” he said.
Mohd Anuar Abdul Rahman, 36, a Royal Malaysian Air Force personnel, said during the recovery phase, he had gone out with his usual group of fishing enthusiasts.
“I was waiting to go out in my kayak to catch a few fish.
“Last week, my friends and I went to Penang.
“Despite not landing many fish, it was good to be out doing what we love after so long, ” he said.
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