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Issue No:81
  • :0973–1121
  • :June
  • :2019

Samudra Report No.81, June 2019

Malaysia / Report

About to Disappear

A field trip to Teluk Bahang, a fishing village on the northwestern tip of Penang in Malaysia, shed light on the lives of small-scale fishers

This report is by T A Ameerudheen ( a senior writer with, who participated in the Multi-Stakeholder Information and Communication workshop on “small-scale fisheries, food security and wholesome nutrition”, organized by WorldFish in association with FAO in Penang, Malasiya, Masood Siddique,(, Natural Resource and Fisheries Expert, Center for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS), Bangladesh and Azrilnizam Omar (, of Persatuan Pendidikan dan Kebajikan Jaringan Nelayan Pantai (JARING), Malaysia.

Malaysian fisherwoman Ani Zubaida did not mince words when she spoke about the adverse impact of trawlers on her life: “Trawlers are stealing our fish. They should not be allowed to fish in the territory of small-scale fishers. Else, we will be forced to quit this job.”

What provoked Zubaida was the abysmally low catch she got in February this year. The average daily income of the 52-year-old from Teluk Bahang, a fishing village in Malaysia’s Penang state, fell from Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 200 (about US$50) to RM 50 (less...

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