Sarawak has pioneered breeding three highly-priced fish

Source: http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/11/22/business/20061122134913&sec=business

Wednesday November 22, 2006

Sarawak has pioneered breeding three highly-priced fish

KUCHING:Sarawak has pioneered the breeding of three highly-priced fish - ikan terubok, ikan empurau and ikan semah.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said this breakthrough was a pride for the state as others had not been successful although they had tried to breed these species in captivity.

He attributed the breeding success to the help of local and foreign scientists, including those from Australia.

(Ikan empurau fetches between RM350 and RM380 a kg and ikan semah between RM150 and RM200 a kg in the market).

``As the fish population in the rivers has reduced, we have released fish fries of various species to restock the rivers,’’ added Jabu during oral question time at the state assembly.

He was replying to Datuk Talib Zulpilip (BN-Jepak) who asked for the number of offenders who had been compounded or brought to court for dirtying the rivers.

Jabu, also state Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister, said from a study carried out in the Batang Ai hydro dam where fish were bred, it was found out that fish of various species lived together in harmony.

He said the authorities had issued 1,013 compounds under the Sarawak Rivers (Traffic) regulation 1993 and 19 under the Sarawak Rivers (Cleanliness) Regulations 1993 in the past 13 years.

``The Sarawak River Board has actively carried out various programmes statewide to make rivers safer and cleaner.

``These programmes cover river cleanliness and clearing, conservation. rehabilitation and beautification as well as public awareness and education,’’ he added.

Assistant Minister for Land Development Mohd Naroden Majais told Abdul Wahab Aziz (BN-Kalaka) that the government had this year approved 17 areas covering over 294,000 hectares of native customary rights (NCR) land for large-scale plantation projects.

These projects involve 6,600 families.

[quote=“Jack”]Sarawak has pioneered the breeding of three highly-priced fish - ikan terubok, ikan empurau and ikan semah.

(Ikan empurau fetches between RM350 and RM380 a kg and ikan semah between RM150 and RM200 a kg in the market). [/quote]

wow… so expensive meh… :shock: