Are you aware of what’s happening in the seafood industry in Malaysia?
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This trade fair, Malaysia International Seafood Exposition 2014 is a glimpse to know how extensive is the industry and what are the products available for consumers.
Global fisheries production has increased notably over the past decade due to significant growth in aquaculture, a controlled method of breeding marine food.
Asia contributed 67% of the global food fish production with leading producers being China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Thailand. Along with the growing production, international fishery trade continues to make significant inroads.
And in the aftermath of the global economic and financial crisis, the developing world is increasingly becoming a drive of the global economy. Contrary to being traditionally a fish supplier to developed markets, imports are growing in developing Asia and increasingly being absorbed for domestic demand.
Traders of Fresh and Live Seafood Supply
Traders of Frozen Imported and Local Seafood Supply
Traders of Processed Seafood Supply
Traders of Dried Seafood Supply
Traders of Aquaculture Needs
Government Supportive Role
The Supportive Role of the Education Industry
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The Trending Scenario of the Industry in Malaysia
The fisheries activities in Malaysia are governed by Fisheries Act 317 (1985) – the inland fisheries and aquaculture matters are regulated by the state authorities, while marine fisheries and aquaculture are under the federal government provision.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA) is responsible in developing and expanding marine and inland farming, encourage inland aquaculture and to offer sufficient fish-breeding facilities and training centres.
The Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) deals with issues and matters related to local and international maritime. On the other hand, Freshwater Fisheries Research Centre must ensure continuous development of freshwater aquaculture and handle aquatic resources accordingly.
In line with MOA’s objective to further expand aquaculture industry in Malaysia, the department has introduced the Aquaculture Industry Zone programme (ZIA). This is a program to encourage further expansion of commercial scale aquaculture activities by segregating suitable zoning and coastal areas for such purposes. The main goal to establish ZIA is to boost fish, prawn and shellfish production as drafted under the Third National Agriculture Policy (DPN3). ZIA was introduced by former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The aquaculture trend is rather new and therefore the industry is facing sets of problems and challenges – (1) the constant changes of cultivation methods, (2) lacking of expertise in managing and guiding the aquaculturists, and (3) the land issues or disputes are deterring aquaculture operations in certain areas.
My Findings of the Trade Fair
Overall, it’s an educational field trip for me as I enjoyed every moment, picking up information from traders who are well-versed with the industry.
I’d gained a little insight of the industry – the best breeding areas for fisheries in the pacific region, getting to know the brands of our local companies which are doing well both locally and internationally – Pacific West, Figo Foods, GST Fine Foods, Anaza, etc, and their operations in the existing food production system. There are other traders from the international market as well – Indonesia, Maldives, Japan, Taiwan, US, China, and Africa.
Sadly however it will be a waste if schools do not participate in such trade fair as it can serve as field trips for students, by doing so we are exposing them to the fishery industry in Malaysia and a bit of the international landscape. These invaluable insights are important for them to explore the world they lived in, and hence being granted the opportunity to learn about the existing food production system in the country.
Since tomorrow is the last day, why not make a visit and see what you can gather. Please visit the trade fair website for more information.