Malaysia: Caged fish breeders suffer major losses due to flood

13th January 2018;

The flood that hit the district early this month had not only caused damage to public and private properties, but also caused major losses to caged fish breeders here as they were left with thousands of dead fish.

Most of the breeders attributed the death of their fish to several reasons, including the strong river current on Jan 1 and 2 when the water level of Sungai Pahang began to rise.

Khaidir Ahmad, 55, from Kampung Tebing Tinggi, Lebak here, when contacted today said he suffered losses of more than RM33,000 after over 5,000 patin (Iridescent Shark Catfish) (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) and Tilapia (Oreochromis spp.), as well as 300 kerai (Lemon-fin Barb) (Hypsibarbus wetmorei) fish, in his cages died during the flood.

He said the strong river current had caused the fish to suffer wounds as they were cornered and squeezed to the cage.

“The fish were also believed to have died due to the high turbidity level of the river which caused the fish gills to be covered with mud and deprived them of oxygen,” he said, adding that bacterial infection in the eyes and scales of the fish due to the deterioration in the water quality of Sungai Pahang was also believed to be the cause of death of the fish.

Meanwhile, Temerloh Fisheries Officer Shahidan Roslan said the Fisheries Department had taken samples from the live fish in order to determine the cause of death of thousands of caged fish of several breeders in the district.

He said the department had also informed the state Fisheries Department Bio-security Division, immediately after receiving a report on the incident.

Shahidan said initial inspection found that the death of patin and Tilapia fish was probably due to the strong river water pressure during the recent flood.

“The investigation revealed that most of the dead fish were found in the front area of the cage which might have received the high impact of the strong current,” he said.

Source: The Sun Daily

Thousands of dead fishes were found floating in Sungai Bernam today, believed to have been caused by pollution.
Photos: Rosman Shamsudin and Suara Perak

Malaysia: Thousands of dead fishes wash up in Sungai Bernam
By Rosman Shamsudin, 10th November 2016;

Thousands of dead fishes were found floating in Sungai Bernam today, believed to have been caused by pollution.

Sungai Selisik village head Ishak Ahmad, 50, said the discovery was made by residents as they were about to go fishing at the river, located near the Selangor border.

He said a report was lodged with the Perak Fisheries Department to be forwarded to the Department of Environment.

“The irresponsible act of some quarters had polluted the river, killing the fishes along the way.

"Cases such as this will affect the locals’ livelihood as their earnings depend on the catch from the river. This issue must be dealt with seriously and the culprits must be brought to book,” he told Berita Harian.

Ishak also expressed concern for the well-being of thousands of residents in the area as the river is a source of raw water for six villages there.

A Fisheries Department spokesman confirmed the report.

“Instructions have been issued to our officials at the Batang Padang district office to carry out an investigation,” he said.

It is learnt that the officers from the department’s Tapah district office are carrying out tests on the water sample taken near Behrang.

Source: New Straits Times

The dead fishes in the first photo appear to be mostly Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii), with one unidentified cyprinid; the dead fishes in the photos from Suara Perak include a Common Carp (Cyrpinus carpio).

Malaysia: Thousands Of Fish In Sungai Bera, Serting Poisoned

9th February 2014;

Thousands of fish in Sungai Bera and Sungai Serting in the Bera area near here were found dead in the past week from poisoning or bombing activities by irresponsible individuals out to harvest fish.

This has threatened the livelihood of Orang Asli residents and settlers of the Triang Felda Cluster, who depend on catching fish from the two rivers for consumption and sale.

“They take advantage of the drop in the water level in the current draught season to harvest fish using poison or explosives,” said one of the Orang Asli residents, Deris a/l Panjang, 54, to Bernama, here, Saturday.

He said thousands of dead fish such as patin liar (wild silver catfish) (Pangasius sp.), baung (Mystus sp. catfish), lampam and kerai (barbs) (Barbonymus and Hypsibarbus sp., respectively) littered the surface of the rivers due to the illegal acts.

A settler from Triang Satu Felda, Ahmad Nazri Che Omar, 51, said, they dared not catch the remaining fish in the rivers fearing they could be poisoned and had resorted to seeking fish in nearby marshes for their own consumption.

Meanwhile, Kemayan assemblyman Mohd Fadzil Othman in urging the authorities to act against the culprits, also wanted the Village Security and Development Committee and the public to report to the authorities if they find out about illegal activities to poison fish in their areas.

Mohd Fadzil also advised the Orang Asli staying near the rivers against using water from the rivers for consumption as it could be poisoned.

Source: Bernama

Malaysia: Thousands Of Fish In Sungai Bera, Serting Poisoned