17th March 2016;
About 10,000 Carp (F. Cyprinidae), Snapper (F. Lutjanidae) and Grouper (SubF. Epinephelinae) fish fry bred in Kuala Sangga and Kuala Sepetang have died due to the hot and dry weather caused by the current El Niño phenomenon sweeping the country.
The death of tens of thousands of fish fry has cost fish farmers hundreds of thousands of ringgit.
Breeder Chuah Thye Guan, 50, said he put thousands of Carp fish fry in the cages last week, but was shocked to find them all dead.
“I found the sea water had receded to the bottom due to the hot weather, causing the fish fry in the cages to die because of the lack of oxygen.
"We are forced to use a generator set to insert oxygen into the nets,” he told Bernama, here, Thursday.
Chuah claimed that he had incurred losses of more than RM100,000.
He said the caged fish farming industry faced the threat during the hot season and this was the second time he had been affected after 2009.
Another breeder, who only wanted to be known as Ong, said he had also lost more than RM100,000 due to the hot weather and rising temperature of the sea water.
Kuala Sangga and Kuala Sepetang have about eight caged fish breeders.