High waves ground fish­er­men

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY IM­RAN HILMY

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.

... A bro­ken bund un­leashes a tor­rent of wa­ter into a set­tle­ment at Batu 5, Jalan Ka­par in Se­lan­gor yes­ter­day.

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