KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — The Fisheries Department has given its assurance that there is adequate fish supply throughout the Northeast Monsoon period through landings on the west coast of the peninsula.
The department said that existing supply could support the current demand even with the East Coast being affected by the monsoon.
“According to west coast fish landing statistics, production between November 2022 and March 2023 proved adequate to ensure Malaysia’s fish stocks.
“The kembung (Indian mackerel) fish species, which is the main type of fish consumed by Malaysians, is readily available in the country.
Based on department statistics, kembung fish landings in 2021 were at 40,959.95 tonnes valued at RM 421 million, 39,146.95 tonnes valued at RM458 million for 2022 and for January to September 2023, 33,102 tonnes valued at RM410 million, with landings of 22,765 tonnes on the west coast and 9,637 tonnes on the east coast of the peninsula,” the department said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, Fisheries Department director-general Datuk Adnan Hussain said the department has conducted studies and had complete information on a closed season for kembung fish in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.