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Malaysia: Fishermen Worried After Unprecedented Fish Kill Litters River With Thousands of Mullets, Cat Fish and Other Species


“THE Department of Environment will investigate the cause behind the deaths of thousands of fishes at Parit Jawa here recently.

A team of officers will be sent to the fishing village to collect water and dead fish samples to ascertain what killed them.

Johor DOE director Mokthar Abd Majid said one of the possible causes was the lack of oxygen in the water due the changing tides.

‘Of course, water pollution is another possibility.

‘Until we examine the water and fish samples, we cannot tell what could have killed the fishes,’ he told Streets yesterday.

Among the thousands of dead fishes seen along the 130-metre long Parit Jawa were ikan belanak (mullet), senangin (thread fish), gelama (jew fish) and belukang (cat fish). Most of the dead fishes were ikan belanak.

Parit Jawa is a fishing village which is also famous for its asam pedas fish.

It is learnt that fishermen who were about to go to the sea at 4am spotted the dead fishes in the waterway.

This is the first time that such a huge number of fishes were found dead.

Within six hours, most of the dead fishes had drifted to the sea at high tide.

Azman Abdul Rahman, 54, a fisherman, said he found the fishes when he went to his boat at the river at 4am.

‘The river was literally littered with dead fishes, the first time I witnessed since I became a fisherman 40 years ago.'” Read more.

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