LUMUT: The incomplete infrastructural facilities at fish landing sites is not the main cause of the exorbitant prices of fish in Terengganu.
Fisheries Development Authority Malaysia (LKIM) deputy director-general (Management) Raja Kahalid Raja Ariffin said the rise in fish prices was due to the weather and unpredictable seasons.
"In fact, this infrastructure issue has nothing to do with the high prices of fish. It is the unpredictable season factor, particularly involving the East Coast with its particular monsoon.
"When the catch is high, the fish prices are a lot cheaper, but when the catch falls, the prices will increase and that is normally the issue," he said.
He was speaking to reporters after the LKIM and the KD Sri Manjung's Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Naval Volunteers Reserve's 'Jalinan Kasih' Programme with the fishermen community in the Manjung Selatan Area Fishermen Association here today.
Raja Kahalid was commenting on the issue of expensive fish prices in Terengganu following the difficulty of boats to drop anchor due to the problem of shallow estuaries and incomplete infrastructure facilities at the port jetties resulting in fishermen landing catches in Kuantan and Tok Bali.
Meanwhile, Raja Kahalid said the cooperation between LKIM and RMN was important so that encroachment did not take place which was also tied to depleting fish resources.
He said as the agency responsible for providing infrastructure for fish landings LKIM was always focused on the matter to ensure the welfare of fishermen was looked after.