SAHABAT Alam Malaysia (SAM) has urged the Perak government to review the proposed aquaculture project along the Kurau River in Kampung Pandak Putih.
Its president Meenakshi Raman said aquaculture ponds along the riverbank and the river reserve of the Kurau River would pose threats to the environment and the local community.
“Among the threats and adverse effects that will be faced by the local and fishing communities if the project proceeds are pollution due to the discharge of effluents from the aquaculture ponds and erosion of the Kurau riverbank.
“There will also be sedimentation of the river and problems arising from boats and other vehicles plying the area with their loads, ” she said in a statement.
Meenakshi said that in the long run, the marine resources in the surrounding area would most likely dwindle and face extinction.
“This has caused concern among the villagers of Kampung Pandak Putih as well as local fishermen because this aquaculture project will have a negative impact on the environment, their personal lives and livelihood, ” she said.
“The Malaysian Coastal Fishermen’s Education and Welfare Association submitted a memorandum to a government agency officer at a dialogue on July 16 at the Kuala Bagan Tiang Fishing Jetty.
“They said the lives of coastal fishermen in the Kerian district continue to be under pressure because the issues plaguing them have not been resolved, ” she said.
Meenakshi added that a review of the Draft Kerian District Local Plan 2035 found that the plan did not mention the proposed aquaculture project would be developed in Pandak Putih.
“Furthermore, the types or categories of aquaculture to be introduced in this district focused only on cockle culture, caged fish farming and ornamental fish culture.
“In this regard, SAM and JARING urge the Perak government and other relevant authorities to cancel this aquaculture project to ensure the environment and welfare of fishermen as well as locals are protected, ” she said.