NIBONG TEBAL: Fish breeders living along coastal Sungai Aceh suffered losses of more than RM10mil following Sunday's tsunami onslaught.
The 3,000-strong fishing community included 110 fish breeders.
They have cage culture covering some 120ha, which is among the biggest fish breeding grounds in the country.
The cages contained fry and fishes between one and two years old.
It is believed that most of the fishes bred here were among the many found washed ashore along Pantai Aceh in Teluk Bahang after the tsunami waves receded.
Sungai Aceh assemblyman Mohd Foad Mat Isa, who visited the fishing village yesterday, said the cages were destroyed by the waves.
Nibong Tebal Fish Breeders Association chairman Chew Thong Tai, who accompanied him, said the fishes bred here included the ikan merah, siakap, kerapu, kerapu harimau and jenahak.
Chew said the cost of setting up each floating cage was between RM300,000 and RM400,000.
He said repair work on the cages could take two months.
Mohd Foad said he would appeal to the Government for financial aid on behalf of the fishermen and fish breeders here.
“Sungai Aceh is one of the biggest fish breeding areas in the country and some 600 tonnes of fish are bred in cages here annually.
“Without any financial assistance, these breeders are going to find it extremely difficult to recover from the calamity and this will affect production here,'' he said.