| Achong Tanjong |
THE Muara Fish Landing Complex was abuzz yesterday as thick crowds of people turned up to take advantage of the great deals offered at the four-day ‘Sales of Fisheries Products’ event which ends on October 27.
Organised by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, the event aims to assist local operators in marketing their products and to encourage locals to consume fish – given their high nutritional value.
One booth operator offered two kilogrammes of fish at $1, while the ‘Udang Kapal’ (prawn) was sold at $12 per kilo for the medium-sized ones and $18 for the larger ones. Typically, they are priced at $20 per kilo at the wet market.
The local entrepreneurs involved in the fisheries industry are mainly from capture, aquaculture and down-stream industry – including processing.
This year sees the participation of three operators from the aquaculture sector, eight operators from capture, and 14 operators from processing sector.
The fresh catch will be available from 8am to 5pm, except for Friday, during which the operating hours will be from 8am to 11am and again from 2pm to 5pm.
Throughout the event, fresh seafood from the capture industry will be sold including fish, prawn, crab and squid.
Products from aquaculture such as sea bass, pompano, grouper and red snapper are also available.
Meanwhile, from the processing sector, various processed seafood products have been made available such as salted and dried fish, smoked fish, crackers and ‘belacan’ (shrimp paste). These products are mainly sold by representatives of Mukim and Village Consultative Councils as well as local SME’s entrepreneurs.