It’s raining kembung in Penang!

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This is ground zero of the proposed 4,500-acre land reclamation site off the southern coast of Penang Island, where the state government plans to build three artificial islands.

Supporters of the reclamation claim the area is hardly a major fisheries area.

But as you can see, these fishing waters yield large hauls for the fishermen of ikan kembung or Indian mackerel (widely know as ikan rakyat or the people’s fish), especially during the rainy season like now. Full article on Aliran website

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Esme

Did not see the kembung, but noticed the prominent 3-coloured flag (Tiga Line???).

Ray of Light

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/community/2014/09/19/reeling-in-success

Many fish farms around Penang 2nd Bridge and Jerejak coastline.

Anil can host “lawat sambil belajar” to these fish farms as Anilnetto.com outdoor event for readers to better appreciate Penang Aquaculture progress should natural fish stock depletes.

Not just kembong but groupas and red snapers can breed in cages in the seawater.

Esme

Video of YC Aquaculture of Penang – see the grouper and red snappers.

Ray of Light

The success story of local fish breeders.

Most of these premium fishes export to nrighbouring countries for beyter profit margins. So we don’t see them breed Mackerels and may be Jabatan Perikanan can tap theie experiences to help southern island fishermen on how to breed Mackerels/Kembung for local consumption?

Ray of Light

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/11/742666/diners-billed-whopping-rm119680-siakap-dish-langkawi

A Siakap fish can cost over RM1K in Langkawi.

This should provide incentives for many to breed prized fishes.

Saidin

Strange that the authority failed to charge the restaurant for apparent overcharging! This will affect the reputation of Langkawi!

yolo

Indonesia’s Japfa builds up fish farms as Asia’s next affordable protein resource

https://www.scmp.com/country-reports/country-reports/topics/singapore-national-day-2021/article/3144650/japfa-builds

Japfa’s fully integrated tilapia operations – traceable from feed to farm and processing – are the largest in Indonesia, with produce also exported to Europe and the United States. Its industrialised farming approach has made animal proteins more accessible and affordable to Asia’s vast population.

yolo

Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has a research partnership with Barramundi Asia and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) to develop optimal aqua feed formulations for the rearing of Barramundi fish (Asia Sea Bass) on a commercial scale.

https://www.ldc.com/press-releases/louis-dreyfus-company-partners-with-barramundi-asia-and-temasek-life-sciences-laboratory/

Singapore barramundi farm joins hands with start-up lab to produce ‘premium’ fish that grow 30% faster, are stouter and less prone to diseases.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/local-barramundi-farm-joins-hands-with-start-up-lab-to-produce-premium-fish

Alive

Ikan Siakap meal (RM16 for every 100g) is not cheap. Fishermen sell cheap to restaurant but customer pay high price?

http://www.nst.com.my/amp/news/nation/2021/11/742666/diners-billed-whopping-rm119680-siakap-dish-langkawi

Esme

If global temperatures rise three degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the results would be catastrophic. It’s an entirely plausible scenario, and this film shows you what it would look like:

Stop burning fossil fuel (car petrol).

Esme

Klang MP Charles Santiago highlighted that Malaysia was not part of a list of 100-plus countries who pledged to stop deforestation by 2030, at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow on Monday.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/597870

Tuan Ibrahim to obsessed with Timah issue, forgot COP26?

Ray of Light

The world is shifting toward electric cars.

Malaysia still has no big plan to set up charging stations to cater for green electric vehicles with no carbon emission.

Penang can take the lead to promote electric vehicles ahead of Federal blueprint. CM Chow’s Vision 2030 should take this seriously.

Alive

US reiterates its commitment towards strengthening relations with Penang and is keen to support the state’s role as a hub for semiconductors and other critical supply chains.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/350197

Esme

When a window is closed, another one is opened.

Local fishermen hope to receive ex-gratia payment, new boats and more powerful engines that will enable them to venture further out to fish. These offerings are also among the Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) benefits for fishermen.

Other SIMP benefits include new jetties for the Permatang Tepi Laut, Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar and Gertak Sanggul fishermen units, and a 250m-wide navigation channel that allows 24-hour access to the sea regardless of the tide.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/10/22/fishermen-families-looking-to-better-days-with-penang-reclamation-project

Wyatt

WORLD BANK FUNDING WILL HELP PENANG REACH ITS GREEN DEVELOPING GOALS / By LIEW JIA XIAN / METRO NEWS
Monday, 01 Nov 2021

https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2021/11/01/world-bank-funding-will-help-penang-reach-its-green-development-goals

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Yes, this is what and how the State Gov. should be focusing on, working on existing areas and making them better, more greener, NOT destroying existing sustainable areas and replacing it with something unsustainable.

shriek

Uncle Wyatt, if one owns land, he left it to mosquitoes and dengue fever to Pengland Kias? Council can fine him for breeding mosquitoes. So he develop his land. No right and demo crazy to develop land. Result cutting the hills. With 3 islands, they can do whatever they want and leave the hills aside.3 islands not sustainable? Then Sink apor will sink??

Wyatt

Penang state is a combination of both the island and mainland Seberang Perai ( Utara, Tengah, Selatan). One needs to come out of the island cocoon and look over the channel. Plenty of land to work on. Intelligent planning is required. And beyond that we have Kedah.

Rondonski

Looks like an episode from The Chosen. “So many fish that it filled both our boats. Enough to pay off the whole debt!”

yolo

Umno’s … defends Melaka reclamation works by saying ‘Sea big enough for fisherfolk’ i.e. no impact to fishermen.

Esme

It’s raining money for B40!

Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia, bigger amount than BR1M and Bantuan Priharin Rakyat.

Saidin

Money all spent easily, including EPF!

How to have good life in retirement?

Hope government to continue giving freebies?

Why no focus on value add activities and higher productivity?

Ministers sleeping?

Esme

RIYADH: The future Saudi city of NEOM (which is being built on the Red Sea coast in the west of the Kingdom) does not rule out allowing alcoholic beverages, if it occurs, a pivotal and historic change in the Kingdom.

https://www.malaysianow.com/out-there-now/2021/10/28/saudi-arabia-megacity-project-flirts-with-major-taboo-of-alcohol/

Here in Bolehland we are still dealing with Timah controversy.

Wyatt

 The Working Group proposes that the State Government should help establish a favourable environment (such as gazetting an Aquaculture Industry Zone and setting up a cluster system in the Zone providing appropriate facilities) not only for commercial investors, but also community-based operations.

Specifically, aquaculture can learn from the existing support schemes for paddy farmers (e.g. establishment of cooperatives, technical and financial help etc) and create a viable livelihood for the fishing communities. Other incentive schemes may include a start-up fund, risk-sharing instruments and R&D support to help community-based aquaculture and domestic consumption-oriented production.

Unquote.

shriek

Uncle Wyatt, you are really an expert and forward progressive. Not really majulah Sink apor but orso Peng land

yolo

Malacca Pakatan Harapan chief Adly Zahari said the reason fisherfolk in the state did not receive compensation from reclamation works that had impacted their livelihood was because BN state government had spent (RM33 million) them prior to the 2018 general election.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/599591

Wyatt

A comprehensive regulatory framework targeting the aquaculture sector in Penang should be adopted to further develop the sector. The regulator framework should identify the suitable zones for aquaculture activities (taking into account social, environmental and ecological impact on land and marine resources), and mandate the adoption of Best Aquaculture Practices Guidelines / Standards (for example MyGap) coupled with routine inspections. The high standards currently imposed on exported produce should also be extended to locally consumed fish / seafood. The State Government should introduce an aquaculture support scheme to help further expand the role of aquaculture in providing food security to… Read more »

shriek

Coast fish ing no need Form 3. Form 3 dont teach Peng land kias how to fish. For fish farming, set up Vocational Institutes to teach Peng land kias and others on fish farming. Soon Peng land fish farmers will drive Toyotas or Mercs. Peng land lang can buy chip chip fish and eat fish every meal and fish oil like Guiness good for us

Esme

A recent Singapore documentary on life at a fish farm (owned by Singapore Prime supermarket):

Utilising the experts from Taiwan, China and Malaysia.

Wyatt

5. Comprehensive Regulatory Framework and Support Scheme for Aquaculture (2024) ——————————————————————————————————- Penang’s aquaculture sector is an important and growing sector and accounts for more than 10% of national aquaculture production. Currently, aquaculture focuses on high value export-oriented fish and seafood species, and is mainly dominated by marine aquaculture. With the dwindling wild fish stocks and catches, aquaculture can potentially play an important role in providing food security for the people of Penang in the future. However, while Penang wants aquaculture to reach its full potential, it also needs to make sure that aquaculture is carried out in a safe and… Read more »

Wyatt

o Current health and environmental certification of aquaculture farms and
produce should be made mandatory for all aquaculture and not just those
destined for export. Stricter quality control can also help open overseas
opportunities and create a niche market for Penang’s aquaculture.

o Gazette the area once identified as Zon Industri Akuakultur.

o Implement a cluster system for the farms in the ZIA for better cost and
infrastructure sharing. This system will also enable an easier transfer of
information and best aquaculture practices tool among the farmers.

Wyatt

o Develop a Best Aquaculture Practices Guideline / Standard together with all stakeholders (DOF, Industry, NGO) that focuses on environmental well-being, social well-being and good management. 4.6.2 The State Government should also introduce a comprehensive incentive/support scheme for aquaculture with the aim to increase aquaculture production for Penang’s local food security as well as to promote sustainable techniques and practices: o Establish an “Aquaculture in Penang” programme to actively promote collaboration between private sectors and academia to identify species and production processes that are most suitable to Penang’s natural and regulatory environments. For example identifying profitable species that can cater… Read more »

Wyatt

Meantime here is a sample of their Green Agenda for Penang Aquaculture, which am no sure but believe will only start sometime in 2024. ( in case you got lost in their maze of many written policies) Quote :  4.6 Aquaculture ——————– 4.6.1 The State Government must set up a comprehensive oversight and regulatory framework for all aquaculture activities: o Carry out complete survey of coastal and marine environment (including types of water, prevailing coastal and marine activities, surrounding ecosystem etc . i.e. integrated coastal management approach) of the whole of Penang to identify the most suitable places for aquaculture. o Identify the capacity… Read more »

Esme

At 7.2 tonnes per person, Malaysia’s carbon emission per capita is greater than the world’s largest carbon emitter China.

In comparison, the carbon emission per capita for China is 7 tonnes per capita, while the United States emits 15 tonnes per capita.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/597547

Drive less, walk more!

Wyatt

If you are still insistent that this multi billion Ringgit aquaculture industry should be helped by volunteers only, Wyatt can point you to an office where you might be able to get the volunteers you are looking for, a monthly paid ( assuming so), fully functioning organization called Penang Green Council with full board of directors down to an office boy.  CM is their Chief. Very knowledgeable people. They have a 10 year program called Penang Green Agenda 2020 – 2030 just like TMM’s Wawasan 2020 which went bust. 10 year or 20 year type of program ideas are like straight out… Read more »

Wyatt

Reply to shriek , Again, only short time no see, shriek. Since you want people to volunteer do work free work for a multibillion Ringgit Aquaculture industry, Penang State has 1.8 million people , am sure you can one or a few. Here is how you should do it. Go and see your ADUN or MP or call by phone and make an appointment. If they have meet the residents session go and join in and let them know your problems or issues. Tell them you looking for volunteers to help a multibillion Ringgit Aquaculture industry to make more money. If the ADUN… Read more »

shriek

uncle wyatt, very long trime to hearand will be very long long long time if to see. Too bad, I get sick – sea sick. I only enloy steam fish and sweet sour fish just like you enjoy Castro ciger and Carlsberg long cool beer.

Ray of Light

Uncle Wyatt got plenty of fish farming theories, and need to put them into practice otherwise may have got pHD title but cannot execute ideas unlike those with just vocational training.
So may be Uncle Shriek being more pragmatic can collaborate with Uncle Wyatt with Mr Anil Netto as mentor cum facilator.
This is serious who know we can get plentiful of affordable premium fishes from your venture.

shriek

good raining with kembung. Do Pengland kias get chip chip fishes? If no chip chip fishes still get nets and gas? Very good deal. Always win. Like durians when plentiful, durians are cheaper?

Ray of Light

Ikan kenbung resource plentiful whether sustainable ? penang laksa liao kao kao now fish cheap cheap..consumers benefit?

Alive

Now fishermen will hunt Siakap, not Kembung as Siakap can fetch RM160 per Kg when served as delicacy on restoran terapung.

Ravinder Singh

YB Zairil should bring along all the reporters to the Bay of Teluk Kumbar and show them what he claims is SHALLOW MUDDY WATER. I would like to follow him into the SHALLOW MUDDY WATER. If he could prove that the PSR site is SHALLOW MUDDY WATER, I will support him and campaign for him.

I hope YB Zairil will be gentleman enough to take up this challenge.

Esme

YB Zairil is more likely to spend his time supporting Penang FC in the Malaysia Cup tournament.

Personally, I would prefer YB to visit the various fish farms in Penang to understand their needs in order to offer support of technology transfer from Singapore commercial fish farms. There is one fish farm near Nibong Tebal rearing Siakap (Barramundi).

Ray of Light

Must embrace technology to rear fishes commercially. Current method as in video is risky as the sea water can be contaiminated by FTZ uncontrollable chemical discharge to the sea.

Esme

“Although aquaculture offers an alternative to over-fishing, many aspects of aquaculture need enhanced scientific knowledge and technological advancement to become a sustainable source of food and an income generator.”
– CM Chow in 2019

https://www.buletinmutiara.com/explore-aquaculture-for-food-security-says-cm-chow/

Ray of Light

CM Chow has vision for Penang but unfortunately appears to lack capable team to execute plans to realise his vision with competitive and pragmatic strategies for short term (during his tenure) and long term (his successor assuming he is one term CM).

shriek

World advance. See China send spacemen and space station. Europe, USA and Japan are using electric cars to cut temperature rise. Now what do students used in school and at home? COMPUTER. We still want to hunt with spears, bow and arrows instead of hunting rifles?

shriek

Instead of waiting for ADUN or MP to come to you, go or make appointment. They have meet the residents sessions. If I have any problems or issues, I go and see or phone him. Or even talk to our UNCLE WYATT. He can find a volunteer to see how fish production can be increased. Agree Uncle Wyatt to help Pengland Kias?

Ray of Light

Reach out to Uncle Wyatt via anilnetto.com if Anil can continue to facilitate that?

Uncle Shriek must have good Adun or MP willing to listen to his suggestions to improve. Uncle Shriek must be living in Pulo Tikus as i heard the YB there very responsive or in Tanjung Bungah where its resident association goes all out to complaint to get things done?

Wyatt

Hello shriek, got people meh who volunteer their time and labour, skill and knowledge for business concerns which make billions of ringgit annually? How can agree wan?

shriek

Uncle Wyatt. Again long time no see. Got from you. You so experience and you mentioned Volunteers. The former boss and engineer of IGP. Lumba kuda, shares – tipsy

Esme

Gerakan is not happy with the billboards put up by local government YBs

Esme

There are around 200 big and small Mamak restaurants (nasi kandar) in Penang, which need about 20 workers each or around 4,000 workers at any one time. Good pay of RM2000-2500 per month.

Is this an alternative job for sidelined fishermen in Penang?

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/10/23/decent-pay-but-there-are-hardly-any-takers

Ray of Light

Mamak Nasi Kandar many consider iconic in Penang.

The more commercially successful one should sponsor Penang Football Club to gain more publicity. Imagine Batu Kawan stadium or City stadium filled with digital images of Nasi Kandar dishes. In that way, Mamak Nasi Kandar can help Penang Tourism. Tunglang can testify that should he still follows Anilnetto.com.

Esme

Delta virus is still lurking around. Better not to eat (nasi kandar etc) with your bare hands. Use spoon and fork for hygiene reason. Mamak stalls need to upgrade their image in this aspect to appeal to foreign tourists.

shriek

Use hands to eat burgers and KFC no good too? Use chopsticks and can practise flying chopstick like in kungfu movies?

Alive

Fish price has gone up no thanks to Langkawi Siakap.

Now Mydin is giving excuses why chicken price will also go up.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/11/09/mydin-boss-sounds-alarm-over-rising-chicken-prices/

Alive

Hopefully mamak do not raise fish price following the Langkawi Siakap incident. Better check price before placing order.