Malaysian Fishermen Participate in Pelagic Fish Research
Malaysia's Department of Fisheries this week started offering approximately $4.27 per fish to fishermen who return tagged fish caught in their nets. Ahmad Abu Talib, senior research officer of the Marine Fisheries Resources Development and Management Department, says that fish tags track the migratory patterns of pelagic fish along the South China Sea and Andaman Sea.
Fishermen are instructed to keep tagged fish refrigerated while arranging pick up with the nearest Department of Fisheries office. Fishermen are also instructed to track the date and location of the catch as well as the tag number.
The fish-tagging project is sponsored by the Japanese Trust Fund and implemented by the South East Asia Fisheries Research and Development Center. Apart from Malaysia, other ASEAN member countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam have also participated in the project.
Dr. Osamu Abe, deputy chief of the department, says the tagging project would reveal more information about pelagic fish migration patterns. Data from the tagging operation would be used to manage the sustainability of the pelagic fish ecosystem in the Southeast Asian region, adds Abe.