Malaysian Eco-Friendly Fish Farm Opens


Linda Salim, for SeafoodSource from Surabaya, Indonesia

Published on
August 5, 2008

The Malaysian East Coast Economic Region announced this week that part of an eco-friendly fish farm in Pekan will open this month. The fish hatchery facility, MyIkan, is a cooperation of Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia's Majuikan Sdn Bhd and Mytrans Holding Sdn Bhd.

Once completed, MyIkan will have an annual capacity of 500 metric tons of a variety of fish species. The $3 million farm occupies almost 20 acres, applying the latest aquaculture technology from Norway using closed circulation that allows water to be reused.

Authority Director General Datuk Mustafa Ahmad reported that although MyIkan is designed and operated by Norwegian experts, it's locally owned. Norwegian technicians will train the local staff to take over in the future.

Datuk Ahmad expects MyIkan will be in full operation by year's end, ready for its first harvest mid-2009. MyIkan is built in two parts, with the current phase setting up a broodstock production facility, while the second phase concentrates on hatchery and processing plants.

Upon harvest, MyIkan will offer its products to seafood buyers from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea. Datuk Ahmad pointed out that MyIkan would be able to fulfill part of the growing demand for aquaculture products, domestically and internationally.

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