Tuesday, January 04, 2005
SE Asia Tsunami and Fishing
NIBONG TEBAL: Fish breeders living along coastal Sungai Aceh suffered losses of more than RM10mil following Sunday's tsunami onslaught.You have seen the pictures of the smashed fishing boats, but Pulham wonders how many fishermen lost their lives that man the boats. And now there are some people in those countries who are refusing to eat the fish that are caught for fear of what the fish have been eating. It is hard to comprehend the level of disruption to a way of life from such a large scale event.
The 3,000-strong fishing community included 110 fish breeders.
They have cage culture covering some 120ha, which is among the biggest fish breeding grounds in the country.
The cages contained fry and fishes between one and two years old.
It is believed that most of the fishes bred here were among the many found washed ashore along Pantai Aceh in Teluk Bahang after the tsunami waves receded.