Increasing our marine resources

Bohari (centre, squating) releases the seabass fry.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Marine Fisheries Department on Wednesday released over 5,000 seabass fry at Telaga Air waters as part of efforts to increase marine resources in the area.

Its director Bohari Leng said the mangrove swamp ecosystem and good water quality in the area were suitable for breeding the fish species.

In addition to increasing marine resources, the initiative would also help improve the tourism sector in Telaga Air.

“As we all know, Telaga Air has great potential to be one of the tourism hotspots in Sarawak.

“Its strategic area often invites many anglers, especially on weekends and holiday seasons – and this will further boost the local economy.

“Besides that, Telaga Air is also famous for its fresh seafood and we can see, every weekend the eateries here are crowded with people,” he said after releasing the seabass fry in Kampung Telaga Air here.

Bohari said the programme was also one of the department’s annual activities to increase marine resources in the state’s waters in an effort to help fishermen increase their catch and income.

“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, fishermen still go out to sea to catch fish (and other marine resources) for the needs of the people.

“However, the catch of fishermen also depends on the weather conditions. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the department to ensure that marine resources in the state’s waters are always available and at the same time, we also need to preserve those resources,” he added.