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

Malaysia: Malaysian Nature Society concerned over dead Dolphins

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Picture of the dead Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin* found at the Tanjung Bungah beachfront.

By Imran Hilmy, 6th January 2018;

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) has questioned why no autopsy was conducted on two Dolphins found dead less than a week apart at the Tanjung Bungah beachfront.

MNS advisor D. Kanda Kumar said Dolphins are not common in Penang waters but have been spotted around the island sometimes.

He said it is quite baffling that the Dolphins were found dead in the same area within the same week

“This might indicate something is wrong with the waters there, we might not know whether the area is contaminated or the Dolphins had plastic waste in their stomachs”, he told The Sun when contacted.

Kanda Kumar said the relevant authorities should come and collect the carcasses for an autopsy.

He said without an autopsy, the cause of death of the mammals will not be known.

“There must be a reason why the Dolphins were found dead in the same area, there could be something wrong with the waters”, he said.

When contacted Penang Department of Fisheries (DOF) director Noraisyah Abu Bakar confirmed that the department had received reports from the public about the dead Dolphins.

She said the mammals are from the common species of dolphins known as Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)*.

She also pointed out the mammal is not endangered, the department is not required to conduct an autopsy on the carcasses.

“Following the standard operating procedure, we did not conduct an autopsy on the mammals as it is not endangered”, she said.

Noraisyah said necessary action had been taken by the department and urge the public to inform the authorities if they discover any dead marine species in their respective areas.

She also called on environmentalist groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to work together with the FIR in creating awareness and at the same time protect endangered marine life in Penang waters.

Source: The Sun Daily

*Contrary to the opinion of the Penang Department of Fisheries director, the carcasses look more like Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins (Sousa chinensis), and have been identified as such by multiple sources in other reports.

Malaysia: Elephant electrocuted

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The Elephant which was electrocuted.

By P. Chandra Sagaran, 2nd January 2018;

A female Elephant (Elephas maximus) weighing about two tonnes was found dead after being electrocuted near Tasek Banding here today.

Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department acting director Wan Shaharuddin Wan Nordin said a team of officers rushed to the scene after being alerted to the incident at 7.30am.

“We cordoned off the area while Tenaga Nasional Berhad disconnected the electricity supply,” he added.

The animal is believed to be about 40 years old and believed to have been electrocuted after pushing against the zinc wall of a contractor’s cabin in the area.

Several pictures of the dead animal had since gone viral in the social media.

The Sun Daily

A group of fishermen stand near the mouth of the Duyong River, Malacca on Nov 16, 2016 after releasing a 5m-long one-tonne Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) which was found trapped in a drift net near Pulau Hanyut earlier in the morning.
Sources: Bernama, The Rakyat Post

Malaysia: One-tonne Whale Shark found trapped in fishing net
16th November 2016;

A Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) weighing about one tonne was found trapped in a drift net belonging to a fisherman known as Mahat, 51, near the mouth of the Duyong River here today.

State Fisheries Department director Mohd Ghazali A. Manap said the 20-feet-long endangered species was dragged ashore about 11am.

“The fisherman then brought back the fish to the river mouth as it was hard to release it in the rough sea before reporting the find to the Fisheries Department.

"The Whale (Shark) can be found in our waters and maybe it got caught in the net while looking for shrimps, which are plentiful in the area,” he said when contacted by Bernama here.

He said an officer, who was rushed to the scene, found that the mammal fish (Whale Sharks aren’t mammals!) suffered minor tail injuries and was barely alive.

Mohd Ghazali said the Whale Shark, which is listed as protected species under the Fisheries Act 1985, was then released near Pulau Undan, about one nautical mile from the mouth of the river at 12.15pm with the help of policemen and fishermen.

He said the action of the fisherman was commendable as it could help save endangered wildlife like the Whale Shark.

“We hope that other fishermen will take similar action by reporting to the Fisheries Department if they catch any endangered species,” he said.

Source: The Sun Daily

Other news sources state that the Whale Shark measured about 2.5 metres in length and weighed about 1.5 tonnes. Oddly enough, this other source makes it longer (20 feet = roughly 6.1 metres) yet lighter (1 tonne).

Two individuals posing with the carcass of a dead Tiger.
Photo: MYCAT Facebook

Malaysia: Shocking images of dead Tiger sparks rage, Perhilitan investigating
By Amar Shah Mohsen, 14th October 2016;

Just over a month after the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) made one of its biggest seizures, which include Tiger skins, pictures of a dead Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) being dismembered is now making its round on social media.

The images, which portrayed several individuals posing with the carcass, has sparked anger and disgust among netizens, who were less than impressed with yet another poaching case of the already “critically endangered” species.

In one of the images, an individual is even seen slitting open the Tiger’s belly while two others looked on.

Although it is yet to be confirmed where the incident took place, it is believed to have happened in the country.

Perhilitan Deputy Director-General II Fakhrul Hatta Musa said the images had most likely been taken in either the National Park, Pahang or in Perak.

He said the department is now in the midst of investigating when and where exactly the incident took place, and who were behind the poaching.

“In fact, we (Perhilitan) are having a meeting later today to discuss, among other things, the graphic images,” he said when contacted earlier, adding that a statement would be released soon.

Meanwhile, wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic senior programme manager (Southeast Asia) Kanitha Krishnasamy said the incident should be a reminder of the continuous and ongoing illegal trade in the country.

“This is not a good sign, when a decade ago the country signed up to a national plan to double the number of wild Tigers.

"If we don’t want to lose a national icon, then the only way is to send a strong message to the poachers and illegal traders … that those caught will face the full force of the laws we have in place,” she told theSun.

If found guilty, offenders face a maximum of five years in jail or RM500,000 fine or both under the Protection of Wildlife Act 2010.

It is estimated that the current Malayan Tiger population in the country is currently below 350, despite the government targeting at least 1,000 of them by 2020.

Just on Sept 2, Perhilitan announced the seizure of animal parts worth RM2 million and arrested 12 individuals including two Malaysians.

The department seized ivory, Pangolin (Manis sp.) scales, various body parts of Hornbills (F. Bucerotidae), Tiger skins and teeth, Bear (F. Ursidae) claws and bones and skulls believed to be from wild mammals.

Source: The Sun Daily

The Pahang Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) personnel recording details of the dead Tapir along Jalan Kuantan-Gambang on July 11, 2016.

Malaysia: Tapir killed on Pahang highway
11th July 2016;

A Tapir (Tapirus indicus), believed to be about seven years old, was killed by a car along the Jalan Kuantan-Gambang stretch this morning.

Listed as endangered by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the animal is believed to have wandered onto the highway in search of food.

It is learnt that this was the third Tapir to be killed in the area.

The animals are believed to be forced out of their habitats due to logging and deforestation activities.

Source: The Sun Daily

The carcass of a Turtle, believed to have died from pollution, was found along the seashore of Kampung Sungai Ular, near Kuantan on April 24, 2016.

Malaysia: Only two Turtles dead in Kuantan: State official
25th April 2016;

Only two Turtles were found dead on the beach near Kampung Sungai Ular here, instead of four as reported by a newspaper today, said Pahang Fisheries Department director Datuk Adnan Hussein.

He said so far the department had only received two reports of Turtle deaths since last Saturday.

“One Turtle was suspected to have died from an oil spill while another was suspected of being hit by a boat propeller. However, further investigations are still being carried out.

"The carcasses of the Turtles have been buried after all the necessary information was recorded,” he said when contacted here today.

Adnan said the beach at Kampung Sungai Ular was one of the Turtle landing locations here.

Last Wednesday, the beach along Kuantan was found polluted by black oil spills believed to have been from a ship in the open sea.

The oil spills were cleaned up last Friday.

Source: The Sun Daily