High waves ground fishermen
KUALA MUDA: The king tide phenomenon has made it difficult for fishermen to venture out to sea, and the high waves were dangerous to those using small boats.
Mazlan Mohamad, 35 (pix), said he has not gone out to fish for a week.
“The waves are too strong and can go up to four meters, this is very dangerous,” he said when met at the popular Pasir Bisik here yesterday.
However, for those who take the risk, the rewards can be good as the king tides bring in hard-to- catch fish which are usually found only in deeper waters, said fisherman Adnan Abdullah, 48.
“One of these fish is the ‘gerut’ (white snapper) which is normally found in deep waters,” he said, but added he has not been out to fish as he feared his boat may capsize, a concern shared by fishermen Daud Karim, 75.
The lack of catch also meant there were less customers, as the normally busy Pasar Bisik was not as crowded while prices increased due to the lack of supply.
A fishmonger, who only wanted to be known as Chong, said the phenomenon resulted in higher prices.
He said a kilo of blue crabs was usually priced at about RM30 but could go up to as high as RM65 during the king tides.
Chong said even fishes like “kembung” (Atlantic mackerel), “gelama” (red bream) and “duri” (catfish) were hard to catch.
When contacted, Seberang Prai Fisherman Association chairman Mahadi Mohd Rodzi said the king tides came early this year and urged those going out to sea to be careful.
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