TANJUNG MANIS – The Tanjung Manis Integrated Fishing Port has a shown very positive performance following the increased number of deep sea fish landings at the port.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the number of fish landings last year were 19,000 tons compared to 12,000 tons in 2015 and 650 tons as of March this year.
“This is a positive growth due to the 100 per cent landing rate we achieved, which is the result of the cooperation of all parties such as the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia, Marine Department, Sarawak Fisheries Department, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and Royal Customs Department,” he said.
Uggah, who is also state Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, was met by reporters after chairing a meeting on issues relating to deep sea fishing in Tanjung Manis at the Tanjung Manis Integrated Fishing Port here today.
According to him, through these landings, the port had generated a revenue of RM1 million last year and almost RM1 million up to April this year.
Uggah said up to Febraury this year, 65 out of 82 licensed deep sea fishing vessels made fish landings at the port, which showed most of the vessels complied with the permit conditions set which is to landings at least once a month at the port.
He said the vessels could also upload fish for exports and, hence, the state government could determine the amount of fish caught and exported to other countries.
Uggah said he had given a briefing to Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg on the upgrading being undertaken at the integrated port which is designed to be the most advanced fishing port in Sarawak.
At present, two companies had applied for 10 deep sea fishing permits each while 65 permits of eight companies had been suspended so far, he said. – BERNAMA