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Modified seine nets decimating fish stocks in Penang


They have to stop: A fisherman showing a picture on how the inshore fish catchers work with their modified nets.

They have to stop: A fisherman showing a picture on how the inshore fish catchers work with their modified nets.

GEORGE TOWN: Inshore fishermen have been accused of destro­ying the seabed close to shore with their modified nets which turn their boats into mini trawlers.

Teluk Bahang Fishermen Associa­tion’s Tanjung Bungah unit head Ismail Din said by modifying coastal seine nets (pukat kenka), they create something akin to trawling nets (locally dubbed pukat lohong) and drag them 200m to 300m at sea depths of no more than 3m.

fishermen dragging nets

   

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