Malaysian grouper farmers join forces

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
September 5, 2011

Grouper farmers from Johore, Selangor and Penang have established the Marine Fish-Farmers Association of Malaysia (MFFAM).  Together, the three states account for about 80 percent of Malaysian aquaculture production.

The decision follows meetings supported by World Wildlife Fund Malaysia, the WWF Coral Triangle program and the Malaysian Department of Fisheries.

Membership to the association will be open to all marine finfish aquaculture related associations, companies or organizations. MFFAM will have a governing council comprised of 12 members, with WWF Malaysia playing a key role.

There has been a growing trend toward “full-cycle” aquaculture, with hatcheries now accounting for up to 30 to 35 percent of all grouper for grow-out, resulting in an increased need for best practices and standards to be adopted across the entire production process, according to MFFAM.

Developments in grouper aquaculture are occurring within a heavily market-driven, and often poorly regulated, environment. Moreover, grouper production in Southeast Asia is mainly comprised of small-scale farmers. Working with these small-scale producers to mainstream improved practices can be challenging and needs the support of broad associations to facilitate improvements in farming practices, added MFFAM officials.

“It is hoped that through the MFFAM, members can be influenced to adopt best practices in order to meet market demand sustainably,” said Gangaram Pursumai, program manager of WWF-Malaysia Peninsular Malaysua Seas.

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