29th March 2016;
Two breeders who reared fish in cages claimed losses of almost RM400,000 when their ikan patin (Iridescent Shark Catfish) (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) and Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) died two weeks ago, believed to be due to the hot weather.
Sabarudin Osman, 46, and Hamdan Ros Mat Derus, 53, who operated fish farming with cages in Kampung Herlang here, said this was the first time they experienced the death of such large quantities of fish since they started operating the fish cages in 1995.
“There have been cases of fish dying from the heat before this, but it was not as serious as this. Now, every time I want to visit the fish pond, my heart pounds because definitely I’ll find dead fish floating,” he said when contacted here today this.
Sabaruddin, who operates 50 cages of ikan patin and 40 fish cages of Tilapia in the downstream of Sungai Pahang, also did not rule out the possibility that he might be forced to temporarily shut down operations if the caged fish continue to die.
Meanwhile, in Tanjong Karang, three areas under paddy cultivation stretching 760 hectares located in Sabak Bernam, near here, have been identified to be affected by the El Niño phenomenon.
Integrated Agriculture Development Area (IADA) Northwest Selangor, managing director Eliyas Saad said the situation affects 380 farmers in Pasir Panjang, Sungai Leman and Sungai Nipah.