KUALA LUMPUR – The National Association of Fishermen (Nekmat) provides a wide variety of high quality frozen fresh fish, dubbed Q’Fish, as an alternative for consumers due to the rising price of ‘ikan kembung’ or the Indian mackerel.
Nekmat chairman Ahmad Rudin Hussain said among the fish types available were baramundi, ‘selar kuning’ and ‘senangin’, of which the prices were more stable.
“Consumers can also choose other fish at a more affordable price with quality comparable to freshly caught fish such as ‘pelaling’, ‘selayang’, ‘tongkol’, ‘cencaru’ and ‘keli’,” he said in a statement today.
He said the fluctuation of prices of ‘ikan kembung’ was due to the fact that its supply depended solely on fresh catches from the sea, as it could not be farmed like some other fish species.
Ahmad Rudin said the increase in fish prices was only temporary due to the weather conditions as it entered the monsoon season now, resulting in fishermen’s cost to go to the sea to be a lot higher, apart from facing other risks and challenges.
Yesterday, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the shortage of ‘ikan kembung’ landed on jetties across the country had caused its price to be unstable and expensive.
He said the survey conducted at the fish landing jetties found that the mackerel was sold at a fixed price of RM12 per kilogramme. – BERNAMA