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Kedah Fishermen See Earnings Drop By 20 Pct Due To Haze

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ALOR SETAR – The haze, though moderate here, has affected the livelihood of fishermen in the state.

Kedah Fishermen Association (NEKAD) chairman Ahmad Rudin Hussin said poor visibility due to haze has forced fishermen to make less trips and suffered a 20 per cent fall in their income.

“In the haze, we cannot see very far so we either do not go to sea or do not venture very far,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

As at 11 am this morning, the Department of Environment reported Alor Setar and Sungai Petani to have moderate Air Pollutant Index of 70 and 97 respectively.

However, according to him, the impact of haze was now under control as each boat was required by the Fisheries Department to install a signal light to facilitate other boats to be aware of their presence.

He also hoped fishermen would wear face masks to ensure their health and adhere to advice from the Fisheries Department and the Meteorological Department.

Meanwhile, Sultan Abdul Halim Airport (LTSAH) manager, Puteh Ramli said the haze was still under control and had not affected flight operations at the Alor Setar airport.

“To date, Alor Setar has not encountered problems of flight cancellation or delay due to haze but if the flights from KLIA are affected, then the schedule here will also be affected,” he said.

However, he said the airport would work closely with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) should a haze warning be issued.

Yesterday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said fishing boats and aircraft would stop operations if visibility drops to one nautical mile for fishing boats and below 600 metres for aircraft. – BERNAMA

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