Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the effort was to facilitate channelling of appropriate aid, such as subsistence allowances and other government subsidies, to the group.
“The process will be conducted soon not only in Terengganu but also other states because most of the fishermen have not registered.
“Some of them do have a licence but they are no longer active, hence the need for the whitening exercise.
“Through this effort, we will be able to obtain a comprehensive database system for zone A fishermen nationwide,” he said after a visit to the Dungun Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) Complex.
Meanwhile, state agriculture, agro-based industry and rural development committee chairman Dr Azman Ibrahim said the whitening process, which involves registering those not on the database to ensure they are licensed, would benefit almost 800 coastal fishermen in Terengganu.
“As the licence registration for coastal fishermen needs to be resolved immediately, a special committee has been set up to expedite the process,” he said, adding that applications for 800 fishermen have been submitted to the ministry.
Dr Azman, who is also the state assemblyman for Jabi, said with the licence registration, indirectly there would be an increase in fish landings at Terengganu registered jetties.
“Previously the fish harvest was much higher but the actual amount of catch which landed at the unregistered jetties were not recorded,” he added. — Bernama
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