The supply of fish in the market is adequate even though fish landings have reduced by 10 per cent during the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0.
The Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) chairman Datuk Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal said the lack of landings was due to a shortage of crew in boat operations at sea as they could not be brought into the country.
He said deep sea activities needed a skipper and crew comprising foreign nationals because locals are not keen to work due to the required long period at sea.
However, Syed Abu Hussin who is also the MP for Bukit Gantang said the lack of fish landings could be covered by the activities of other local fishermen.
“However, LKIM has stocks of frozen fish kept by companies that can help cover the shortage of fish supply in the market,” he said at a press conference at the Bukit Gantang constituency service centre here today.
Syed Abu Hussin said he could ask any company for the frozen fish whenever needed.
Asked about deep sea activities, he said issues with documentation and procedures in foreign countries made it impossible for crews to be brought in to work in the sector during MCO.
“LKIM has received approval from the Immigration Department to bring in crews from Thailand and Vietnam to work in the deep sea.
Syed Abu Hussin said LKIM was ready to help companies to bring in foreign workers by road but they must have a travel pass to enter the country.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency