I NOTICE that recreational fishing in Port Dickson has been growing as whenever there is a fishing competition, the number of participants keeps increasing.
Recreational fishing should use only the hook-and-fishing line but on weekends, holiday-makers to Port Dickson bring fishing nets and crab traps.
This is not an issue with me. My concern is that whenever their nets and crab traps get entangled with coral, they are left behind to rot.
Recreational fishing is neither licensed nor regulated. The authorities’ hands are tied. There is no database for the management of recreational fishing in Port Dickson or the country.
While commercial fishing is largely responsible for the decline of our fish population, recreational fishing has compounded the loss with the decline in mega spawners, which are large matured fishes.
They are the source of brood stock, which is responsible for the rejuvenation of the fish population.
In recognition of this, a joint resolution in 2011 was pledged at a workshop for the management and development of Malaysia’s marine resources through ecosystem-based management of fisheries.
It was aimed at establishing regulations to protect spawners in their natural environment.
Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan