Report fish bombing in rivers, Deputy Minister urges the public

Deputy Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah (fourth from right) releasing the fish fry into the river at Kampung Dusun Muda near Tapah on Monday (Jan 24). - Photo: Bernama

TAPAH: The public should report to the relevant authorities if they come across any destructive fishing activity in rivers using prohibited methods, including "fish bombing", says Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah.

The Deputy Agriculture and Food Industries Minister said this was because illegal fishing methods that use poison, bombs or electric shocks to haul in large catches would damage the ecosystem of marine life and fishery resources in rivers.

"The Malaysian Fisheries Department also has a monitoring team that conducts periodic patrols and their presence, at least, will scare off unscrupulous fishermen," he said.

He was speaking to reporters after a programme to release about 10,000 lampam and terbul fish fry into Sungai Batang Padang in Kampung Dusun Muda here Monday (Jan 24).

In another development, Ahmad said the Perak Fisheries Department would release five million fry of various freshwater species in stages into several rivers in the state.

Ahmad said it was part of the measures taken by the government to replenish the declining population of freshwater fish as it was a source of livelihood for inland fishermen.

"Due to unavoidable circumstances, the freshwater fish population is in decline, in addition to the presence of invasive fish species in rivers,” he said.

According to him, every year about, two million fish fry of various species worth almost RM500,000 are released into state rivers, with a portion of these fry being cultured by the Malaysian Fisheries Department. - Bernama

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