Fishermen in Brunei Darussalam are encouraged to use fishing gear and fish farmers urged to increase production to help the nation become self-sufficient, said Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong during the 17th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.
The minister said guidance will be provided on hatching, growing, harvesting and packaging, while large vessel fishing is also encouraged through individual initiative or foreign direct investment in deepwater.
“We are focussing on sustainable fishing and encourage the use of fishing gear by not granting new licence for trawlers that deplete the fish population,” Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali responded to a query by LegCo member Yang Berhormat Haji Tahamit bin Haji Nudin.
The minister also said the Fish Carnival at the Fish Landing Complex in Muara serves as a platform for the auctioning of fish.
On the issue of vessel movement to Muara Port and Fish Landing Complex in Muara, the minister said the matter will be discussed with other agencies.
Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Naim bin Haji Kamis raised the question of reviving the training course on seafood processing for youth of village consultative councils, to which the minister said that “there are no plans to stop the course. As a matter of fact, we are looking to strengthen it”.
On providing a lot for floating cage farms in Kampong Pudak and Kampong Sungai Bunga, the minister said there are no obstacles in the way as long as these entrepreneurs have a sound business model and suitable fish.
He added, “Due to COVID-19, export of caged fish has been interrupted and fish farmers are encouraged to farm in Pelumpong.”