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Generating sustainable, sufficient fishing production | Daily Express Malaysia

Generating sustainable, sufficient fisheries production

Published on: Sunday April 21, 2024

By: Sherell Jeffrey

Generating sustainable, sufficient fisheries production

JUHAR said the state government would persevere in its efforts to generate sustainable and sufficient fisheries production. Last year, several programs were implemented, including the Fish and Habitat Conservation Program, which included the establishment of 628 traditional tagal, the deployment of 200 artificial reefs and 10 Reef Ball artificial reefs, and the development of protected areas for marine fishing.

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In addition, the state government has implemented certification programs such as the Malaysian Good Aquaculture Practices (MyGAP) and the Fish Quality Certificate (FQC) to improve food security in the aquaculture sector. To protect fish stocks, the government has also intensified monitoring of fishing vessels through the Vessel Monitoring System’s satellite-based intruder intervention system. “To help the B40 group among fishermen and aquaculture operators, the state government has implemented socio-economic development programs and provided incentives. “This year, the state government will intensify efforts to streamline the management and development of the fisheries sector, including initiatives to strengthen human capital, strengthen enforcement, attract more investments, explore the potential of deep-sea fishing and commercial aquaculture activities , to increase marine activities. and river fish stocks, targeted research collaborations and conservation programs,” said Juhar.

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The state government’s efforts to strengthen the fishing sector are also supported by the involvement of state-owned enterprises, such as Sawit Kinabalu Sdn Bhd’s collaboration with Borneo Lestari Sdn Bhd on the Seabass Aquaculture Project using Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) technology. In the livestock subsector, the state government is committed to increasing food security through high-impact projects such as the Sabah Ruminant Industry Empowerment Program, which will acquire 950 female Brahmin cattle, 50 bulls and 1,200 goats and sheep, as well as construction of a new poultry slaughterhouse in Keningau.

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The government is also actively involving state-owned enterprises, such as Sawit Kinabalu Sdn Bhd, in the Sawit Kinabalu Livestock Integrated Center (SKLIC) project in Balung, Tawau, to strengthen food security in the ruminant industry. Juhar further highlighted the state government’s efforts to strengthen the rubber sector, implement improvements to the irrigation and drainage system and manage flood risks to support the overall agricultural ecosystem in Sabah.

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