SEREMBAN: Almost 200,000 prawn fries have been released by the Negri Sembilan Fisheries Department (JPNS) into rivers in the state so far, involving a cost of RM28,310.
JPNS director Halimi Abu Hanip said the release was carried out every year in a bid to increase the state’s fisheries resources in rivers, which are known for their freshwater prawn habitat.
“While we want to enrich and conserve the country’s original freshwater resource heritage, the release of the fries is also aimed at benefiting locals, especially fishermen and anglers, as well as freshwater prawn fry producers impacted by Covid-19,” he said here yesterday.
He added that the programme also received the cooperation of the state Drainage and Irrigation Department.
The department, said Halimi, had targeted to have at least 300,000 prawn fries released into the waters of Negri Sembilan this year to meet encouraging demand, especially for recreational fishing.
Other than prawns, he said JPNS had also released fish fry, mostly of the lampam, kelah, tapah, sebarau and baung species.
Halimi also warned the public against using poison and electroshock to catch fish in rivers as this could damage the ecosystem.
Anyone caught could be fined up to RM20,000 or be jailed for two years or both under the state’s River Fishing Methods 1976, he added. — Bernama