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Uphill battle for fish farmers

Latest mass fish deaths highlight challenges they face as S'pore aims to boost locally farmed stock

Published on Feb 23, 2014 7:47 AM
A farm that was hit by the recent mass fish deaths here. The combination of dry weather and neap tides was blamed for the lack of oxygen that caused the fish to die. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Even while Singapore tries to boost the supply of locally farmed fish, the latest mass death incident to hit farmers has highlighted the challenges they face.

It was around Chinese New Year last month when fish farmers off Pasir Ris began to notice something amiss: Their fish were surfacing and gasping. This showed oxygen was lacking in the water.

In a desperate bid to save their stocks, the fishermen harvested what they could, aerated the water and moved high-value fish into mussel nets that would filter plankton and waste from the water.

But it was not enough.

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