Fishing Business Zones (ZIP) shall be a principal focus of the Johor authorities this 12 months because it seems to implementing its meals safety agenda.
State agriculture, agro-based and rural growth committee chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali mentioned the state has recognized 5 places throughout the state to be gazetted as ZIP.
“They’re Kesang Laut and Parit Keroma in Muar, Mawai and Sungai Johor in Kota Tinggi in addition to Kukup in Pontian.
“Nonetheless, as a result of motion management order, this venture is at present on maintain and can resume as soon as the pandemic has petered out, ” he mentioned when met at his workplace in Kota Iskandar, Johor Baru.
Samsolbari mentioned Mawai, Kesang Laut and Parit Keroma can be developed into mussel farming areas whereas Kukup and Sungai Johor can be developed into fish farming websites.
He added that the venture was essential as there have been at present no designated areas within the state for such agriculture actions.
“ZIP is essential as it can give mussel and fish breeders an opportunity to generate earnings with out the specter of future growth, land reclamation or air pollution.
“Figuring out every location can be not straightforward as totally different merchandise require totally different habitats to breed.
“For instance, mussels must be bred on collector traces which are tied on a buoy with at the least 3m deep water whereas fish farming requires at the least 5m deep water and each farms should be positioned on calm waters, ” he mentioned.
In 2019, Samsolbari mentioned, Johor produced about 1,142 tonnes of mussels, about 93% of the full nationwide output of 1,220 tonnes.
“The mussels are collected from Johor Baru (1,087 tonnes), Kota Tinggi (21), Ledang (20), Batu Pahat (9) and Pontian (three), ” he mentioned.
He mentioned ZIP would additionally be certain that all breeders had been in a single designated location and never scattered throughout the state.
Johor fishermen additionally caught 64,139 tonnes of fish from the ocean value over RM558mil and produced 15,720 tonnes of fish value RM275mil from agricultural actions in 2019.
“For fish farming, the state hopes that fish breeders can broaden their downstream merchandise akin to producing dried fish.
“Having quite a lot of downstream merchandise will broaden one’s market attain, thus producing extra demand and earnings for the breeder, ” he mentioned, including that fish farmers would must be extra artistic in advertising their produce.
In 2019, there have been 71 registered fish breeders within the state, with over 1,772 tonnes fish produced in Johor Baru alone.
Samsolbari mentioned fishermen must also take the initiative to alter from conventional strategies and undertake extra sustainable and worthwhile methods of breeding.
“It isn’t straightforward to begin and handle a fish breeding facility, however we’re keen to assist anybody who has the identical imaginative and prescient and goal because the state authorities.
“This shall be a complementary trade to the normal fishing actions, ” he mentioned, including that the federal government had supplied fishermen with assist within the type of boats, engines and fishing nets.
On the subject of mussel farming within the Straits of Johor, Samsolbari famous that the state authorities was at present on the lookout for different websites to begin a mussel farm.
“One of many places recognized is Sungai Johor as a result of transferring the present farm to a different location isn’t straightforward.
“So, we determined that it might be higher to have a brand new location below the ZIP venture to have a extra sustainable farm, ” he mentioned.