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Malaysian groups censure blueprint for sustainable coastal trawl fisheries March 06,2012   |  Source: CAP/SAM

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) and Friends of the Earth Malaysia (SAM) are deeply troubled by the intentions of the Department of Fisheries (DOF) Malaysia and WWF-Malaysia to come up with a blueprint for sustainable coastal trawl fisheries in Malaysia.

The DOF in collaboration with WWF-Malaysia is organizing a two-day workshop on adaptation of a blueprint for sustainable coastal trawl fisheries in Malaysia on 6 and 7 March.

According to a press release, S M Mohamed Idris, President of CAP and SAM, said: "We strongly oppose this initiative because from our experience and through working with coastal fishers, we find that trawl fisheries cannot be sustainable whether in the coastal zone or deep-sea. In fact, coastal fishers have been demanding a total ban on trawl fishing as it is an ecologically destructive fishing method."

"The drafting of a blueprint on coastal trawl fisheries and its subsequent implementation would grossly undermine our fish stocks. As it is, the fish catch rate and the quality of catch in Malaysian waters have declined dramatically over the past few decades. Marine fish stocks have dropped among others due to over-fishing, use of destructive gears, environmental pollution, habitat destruction, and compounded by indiscriminate

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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