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Malaysia government bans fish exports to control prices

Published on Jan 13, 2014 12:47 PM

Malaysia halts fish exports

Malaysia has temporarily stopped the export of six types of fish to control fish prices, due to shortages caused by rough seas and flooding. It previously put a similar ban on some fish exports last year from July to September due to seasonal shortages, resulting in price spikes in Singapore. Here are the fish types affected by the latest ban:

Types of fish affected

Photos: Kua Chee Siong, TNP file

Straits Times Graphic: Lin Zhaowei

Rough seas in the current monsoon season has forced the Malaysian government to put a stop to fish exports until March in a bid to control fish prices.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob made the announcement on Monday that the national fishermen's group known as Nekmat was told to stop exporting six types of fish for the time being.

"To overcome the shortage and prevent spiraling price of fish, we have instructed Nekmat to stop exporting six types of fish, namely kembung, selar, kerisi (bream), cencaru, tamban (greenback) and selar kuning," he said in a report by the Bernama news agency.

Singapore typically imports Indian mackerel (kembung), hardtail scad (cencaru), one-finlet scad (selar) and its yellow variant from Malaysia.

Malaysia had banned its fish exports between July and September last year to address seasonal shortage, resulting in fish prices spiking between 10 and 30 per cent in Singapore.

The current monsoon season, expected to last until late February, has caused floods in Malaysia's east coast towns in Pahang and Kelantan, beaching thousands of fishermen.