22nd April 2016;
About 10 caged-fish breeders in Sungai Sangga Besar and Kuala Sepetang near Taiping have claimed losses of more than RM1 million due to the current hot and dry weather brought on by the El Niño phenomenon.
The breeders’ representative, who only wanted to be known as Lee, said about 200,000 Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.), Grouper (SubF. Epinephelinae) and Sea Bass (Barramundi) (Lates calcarifer) had died on Sunday.
“When we went to our farms that day, we found dead fish floating in the ponds,” he told Bernama.
Apart from the hot weather, Lee said, lack of oxygen could have also killed the fish.