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Yes, even the ‘ikan rakyat’ at the market is imported

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Think salmon and cod are the only imported items when it comes to fish being sold at the market? Wrong.

Quite a lot of the ikan rakyat — the six species of fishes commonly bought and eaten by local consumers — you see at the market are actually imported.

The thing is, more Malaysians have been eating fish as they become more health conscious, according to the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM).

LKIM chairman Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim said the consumption per capita for fish in the country for 2014 was 49.1 per cent, up from 45.1 per cent in 2009.

“It is no doubt that the people have changed their eating habits as according to research, people are beginning to be more health conscious.

“And since fish is generally a healthier choice of meat, you see an increase of consumption in fish,” he told Malay Mail Online.

According to Irmohizam, the average Malaysian consumes about 40kg of fish a year.

“LKIM and the Fisheries Department of Malaysia are committed to ensuring there is enough supply of fish to cater to the demand of the people here,” he said.

He added that 20 million metric tonnes of ikan rakyat is the benchmark of stock needed a year to meet demands of local consumers.

The six species that make up the ikan rakyat are kembung, pelaling, selayang, kerisi, cencaru and selar.

“We have not gone below that (benchmark) and we reckon the benchmark will increase slowly in the near future as the population of the country grows,” Irmohizam added.

Statistics show we imported 303,556 metric tonnes of fish and exported 178,206 metric tonnes last year. Irmohizam said purchasing of fish from other countries is normal.

“Sometimes, these ikan rakyat can only be found in other countries and because they are affordable and most sought after, we import them and control the price of these fishes,” he said.

Separately, Irmohizam said that while the number of fishermen in the country was about 135,000, the percentage of young fishermen was worrying.

He said only 30 per cent of fishermen are aged below 40.

“If this goes on, we will be facing a shortage of fishermen in the country.

“Therefore, the government through various initiatives has embarked on programmes to encourage the younger generation to take up the trade,” he said.

Irmohizam said there was also a programme that offered free training to those who want to be fishermen.

Yes, even the ‘ikan rakyat’ at the market is imported

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Think salmon and cod are the only imported items when it comes to fish being sold at the market? Wrong.

Quite a lot of the ikan rakyat — the six species of fishes commonly bought and eaten by local consumers — you see at the market are actually imported.

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The thing is, more Malaysians have been eating fish as they become more health conscious, according to the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM).

LKIM chairman Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim said the consumption per capita for fish in the country for 2014 was 49.1 per cent, up from 45.1 per cent in 2009.

“It is no doubt that the people have changed their eating habits as according to research, people are beginning to be more health conscious.

“And since fish is generally a healthier choice of meat, you see an increase of consumption in fish,” he told Malay Mail Online.

According to Irmohizam, the average Malaysian consumes about 40kg of fish a year.

“LKIM and the Fisheries Department of Malaysia are committed to ensuring there is enough supply of fish to cater to the demand of the people here,” he said.

He added that 20 million metric tonnes of ikan rakyat is the benchmark of stock needed a year to meet demands of local consumers.

The six species that make up the ikan rakyat are kembung, pelaling, selayang, kerisi, cencaru and selar.

“We have not gone below that (benchmark) and we reckon the benchmark will increase slowly in the near future as the population of the country grows,” Irmohizam added.

Statistics show we imported 303,556 metric tonnes of fish and exported 178,206 metric tonnes last year. Irmohizam said purchasing of fish from other countries is normal.

“Sometimes, these ikan rakyat can only be found in other countries and because they are affordable and most sought after, we import them and control the price of these fishes,” he said.

Separately, Irmohizam said that while the number of fishermen in the country was about 135,000, the percentage of young fishermen was worrying.

He said only 30 per cent of fishermen are aged below 40.

“If this goes on, we will be facing a shortage of fishermen in the country.

“Therefore, the government through various initiatives has embarked on programmes to encourage the younger generation to take up the trade,” he said.

Irmohizam said there was also a programme that offered free training to those who want to be fishermen.



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