'Ikan Salarong' syn­ony­mous with Pa­galun­gan district

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PA­GALUN­GAN: ‘Ikan salarong’ or ‘patin mun­cung’ (Pan­ga­sius hy­poph­thal­mus) is syn­ony­mous with res­i­dents in the small Pa­galun­gan district lo­cated near the bor­der with East Kal­i­man­tan, In­done­sia.

Pa­galun­gan as­sis­tant District Of­fi­cer, Aloy­sius An­thony said the fish was renowned for its tasty flesh and could only be found in Sun­gai Lo­hon­gon which was formed af­ter rivulets such as Pa­galun­gan and Ta­hol Pen­sian­gan com­bined and flowed to­wards East Kal­i­man­tan.

‘’Sun­gai Lo­hon­gan is the spe­cial world of the species...you will not find it any­where else in Sabah.

‘’ ‘Ikan salarong’ is an im­por­tant as­set for the res­i­dents who have been stay­ing here for cen­turies.They catch the ‘ikan salarong’ as their source of food and for sale,’’ Aloy­sius told Ber­nama.

The dom­i­nance of the fish in Sun­gai Lo­hon­gan had prompted the govern­ment to con­struct a gi­ant replica of an ‘ikan salarong’ at a cost of RM40,000 as a land­mark for the Pa­galun­gan district of­fice.

Aloy­sius said the Sabah Fish­eries Depart­ment had also in­tro­duced the Ta­gal Sys­tem in Kam­pung Pa­galun­gan, Ti­nan­duk, Kuala Pen­sian­gan, Kuala Sa­long and Sali­natan in the ef­fort to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of the species in the in­te­rior district.

The Ta­gal sys­tem is a unique way to en­able sus­tain­able har­vest­ing of fish re­sources by not fish­ing at cer­tain times or in cer­tain re­stricted zones.

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