Malaysia may lift fish export ban amid oversupply
MALAYSIA’S Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia is currently discussing with Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry whether to lift a ban on the export of fish amid an oversupply of fish stock.
The ban was valid from January 1 to February 28 to ensure sufficient supply during the festive season.
Fisheries authority chairman Muhammad Faiz Fadzil said currently six types of fish – mackerel, trevally, Indian mackerel, pomfret, sardine and prawns were prohibited from export. Due to lower demand in the local region, there is excessive supply now. Fishermen’s freezers are now full.
Some fishermen are hoping that the government would allow them to export several types of fish that are not in high demand in the local region.
Muhammad Faiz explained that the export ban was aimed at ensuring sufficient supply of fish stocks in the region to stabilise the price.
“The government’s intention was to ensure sufficient supply as the festive season and the climate will affect the supply of fish,” he said.
The price of fish is affected by the weather too and the authorities are seeking a long-term solution. He said the department is also looking at ways to protect the interests of fishermen and resources.
The 400-million ringgit (Bt3 billion) budget allocated for the fisheries authority for this year would be used to upgrade facilities and repair jetties, he said.
“We will be looking for a potential area to build a new jetty and decide on the location based on the request of fishermen,” he said.
“We hope to be able to move with change of time, use technology in a wise manner and launch an app for users to check daily prices of all types of fish,” he said.