KOTA KINABALU: The state government’s decision to suspend the export of fresh fish is viewed as “a very apt move” to ensure sufficient supply in the local market.
Sabah Fisheries Marketing Authority chairman Datuk Dr Jaujan Sambakong said the move was also seen as benefiting various parties, including consumers, restaurant owners and foreign tourists.
“I really welcome (the move) and agree (with Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin) that there should be control over the export of fresh or frozen fish.
“The control is only for a temporary period under certain circumstances such as during the monsoon season or the current El Nino, as these seasons will normally keep the fishermen from going out to sea and were not the season of
fish breeding,” he said in a statement here today.
He was commenting on Monday’s announcement by Yahya, who is also state agriculture and food industry minister over the state government’s decision to stop export of fresh fish from Sabah with immediate effect due to supply shortage.
Jaujan said athough the export of the state marine resources could increase the income of local fish traders, he reminded them to give priority to the needs of the local market. – BERNAMA