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Trawler fishermen asked to switch to aquaculture

MALAYSIA - Trawler fishermen are being encouraged to give up their operations and move into aquaculture or deepsea fishing.

Perak Fisheries Department director Salehan Lamin said the move was to increase the catch for those fishing in waters between five and 12 nautical miles from the shore.

“There are too many trawler boats and fishermen are encouraged to leave the industry,” he said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

He said the Government was setting up an “exit programme” for trawler fishermen.

“If we can reduce the number of trawler fishermen by 20%, then they would be able to increase their catch,” he said, adding that there were 1,003 trawlers in Perak.

Source: TheStar