KUALA BERANG: As many as one million fish seeds will be released at the Kenyir Lake every year, says Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee (pic).
He said the seeds would be provided by the Fisheries Department to the management of Kenyir Lake, Central Terengganu Development Authority (Ketengah) in stages to ensure the area always has an adequate stock of freshwater fish.
“The ministry will work closely to ensure Kenyir Lake continues to be an agro-tourism attraction.
“Fish hatchery centres in Terengganu and in the neighbouring states will be used as dedicated centres to produce one million fish seeds each year and this effort will be part of the ministry’s annual programme, ” he said after releasing the seeds in Kenyir Lake here yesterday.
Kenyir Lake, which covers an area of 209,199ha, is famous for agro-tourism and fishing but is now said to not have as many fish as before.
At the event, 25,000 fish seeds were released, comprising kelah, temoleh, sebarau and lampan, which were obtained from the Aquaculture Development Centre Perlok in Pahang.
Kiandee said Terengganu had its own strength in fisheries and agriculture due to the close cooperation of various agencies and researchers, including Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).
He said UMT’s role and studies would have a big impact on the survival of the country’s fisheries industry.
Kiandee, who was making his first working visit to Terengganu since his appointment in March, said the state could also be one of the country’s main food producers if all parties cooperated.
“Terengganu is one of the important states in fisheries resources. Of course, other potential can be explored such as deep sea fishing, ” he said. — Bernama