Tuna Industry Revenue Can Hit RM1 Billion By Year 2020

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LANGKAWI – The tuna industry in Malaysia can achieve a revenue of RM1 billion by landing at least 130,000 metric tonnes of tuna in the by year 2020, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek today.

He said as of last year, about 68,000 metric tonnes of tuna was landed and the government is confident the industry can be expanded further since not many countries in the region, except for Thailand, has tuna fishing.

“We will diversify our location in order to provide options for the markets to have access to tuna landing points in the region,” he told reporters after witnessing the first tuna landing at Tanjung Lembung Port here.

He said to achieve the target, the tuna landing centre at the Penang Port would soon be revived since operations at the site had stopped 20 years ago.

The centres in Langkawi and Penang would focus on operation for landing of tuna from the Indian Ocean while another similar facility which has already been operating in Sabah would exploit potential tuna from the Celebes Sea, he added. – BERNAMA