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Government will help fish farmers hit by mass fish deaths: Maliki

Published on Feb 13, 2014 7:14 PM
 
Minister of State for National Development Maliki Osman consoling a fish farmer, as he visits coastal fish farmers along the East Johor Straits off the Changi Point jetty affected by recent mass fish deaths, on Feb 13, 2014. The Government will work with fish farmers affected by one of the biggest mass fish deaths in recent years to improve the system and prevent future incidents, said Dr Maliki Osman on Thursday afternoon. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The Government will work with fish farmers affected by one of the biggest mass fish deaths in recent years to improve the system and prevent future incidents, said Dr Maliki Osman, Minister of State for National Development and Defence, on Thursday afternoon.

He was speaking during visits to two of the affected fish farms off Changi.

In all, 34 farms in the eastern Johor Straits and five in the western Johor Straits lost some 160 tonnes of fish, bearing the brunt of losses over the past weekend.

The affected farms were also rearing fish that are more vulnerable to poor conditions, such as grouper, he added.

 
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