He added, with the completion of these sites, areas for aquaculture activities will multiply and would increase production in the fisheries sector. It is hoped that production from this sector would become one of the core fisheries industry product especially for the export market.
Hence it is crucial for products to have good quality and meet the international standards in terms of food safety. One of the ways to guarantee quality production is through proper and good aquaculture practices (GAP), which is a system or management tool that should be followed and practised by every aquaculture entrepreneur to produce quality product.
Awg Hj Sabri also said that GAP is also comprehensive not only in the technical field but also in aspects such as impact to the environment, safety and welfare of the employees. GAP is meant to be proactive in reducing aquaculture product from being contaminated with pathogen, chemical and dirt.
By reducing incident risks, which could affect consumer trust towards safety, quality and wholesomeness of aquaculture products, implementing GAP could also assist in protecting the industry and widen the market. GAP could produce quality product safe for consumption. Embracing GAP starts from planning and farm development, management of resources, operation to marketing of products.
By practising GAP, fish-breeding activity is guaranteed and could produce quality products, free from disease and safe for consumption besides meeting safety criteria and standards that could not affect the environment. With such practice, potential risks could be reduced, which will help produce quality products that could enhance competitiveness to gain access to a wider market.
The Fisheries Department will introduce Good Aquaculture Practices in the fish-breeding sector in stages beginning this year. This seminar is a step forward towards implementing GAP fully in this sector. The implementation of GAP is to assist entrepreneurs in managing their farm properly to produce quality products. It is also to ensure that fish-breeding activity becomes sustainable.
An invited expert from Malaysia, Awg Ahmad Hazizi Aziz, Director of Biosecurity Division of Malaysia Fisheries Department gave a talk.