I READ your article with despair as I am from the fishing industry. What we need is a fishing ban period that countries such as India, China, Thailand and some western countries have imposed. With a no-fishing period, fish, crustaceans and cephalopods would be able to re-generate their populations before being netted.
India is one successful example where, year after year, there is a consistent supply of fish.
Our government needs to be more stern but at the same time provide temporary subsidy for the first one or two years during the trial period of the ban. A no-fishing period of two to three months per year is good enough. Another problem is the mesh size of nets. A smaller mesh size results in many small fish being hauled up before their maturity and re-generation period.
Chew Wan Kay, Kuala Lumpur