Compiled by C. ARUNO, FAZLEENA AZIZ and R. ARAVINTHAN
Fish landings at most jetties in Terengganu have declined by 50%, Utusan Malaysia reported.
Tengku Harun Tengku Ismail, chairman of the Besut Regional Fishermen’s Association (PNK), said fish landings began to decline in November and were expected to continue until February.
He blamed the uncertain weather for the situation, as most fishing trawlers could not go out to sea.
“This has affected supply in the market, and the price of fish has increased between 30% and 50%,” he said.
Tengku Harun said most of the fish sold in the local markets were frozen fish supplied from Endau, Johor, and Kuantan, Pahang.
He said the price of frozen fish was lower because the price was controlled by the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM).
Kuala Terengganu fish trader Rahman Abdul Salleh, 45, said the price of selayang had increased to between RM12 and RM15 per kilogramme, compared to RM8 and RM10 per kilogramme previously.
He said the price of mackerel also rose to RM28 per kilogramme, compared to RM20 and RM22 per kilogramme.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.