Reclamation affects Penang fishermen
GEORGE TOWN: The livelihood of fishermen at Tanjung Tokong is in jeopardy as small boats’ access to the sea has been barred due to reclamation work off the coast.
Abul Rahim Jainuddin, 34, said most of the fishermen had been grounded over the past few weeks as big ships involved in the reclamation work were blocking their way.
“The ships and reclamation work equipment are set up near where we used to fish.
“We have to make a big detour to reach further into the sea to fish, but our smaller boats are not capable of making the trip,” he said, when met at Persiaran Gurney here yesterday.
Rahim said he had been forced to leave his boat at home and offer his services as a seasoned crew member to other fishermen to make ends meet.
“Since we cannot take our boats out to sea, a few of the fishermen have no choice but to become crew members for other fishing boats for very low wages,” he said.
Checks by the New Straits Times found that there were many boats and other equipment visible in waters up to the spot where the reclamation work is being carried out.