Sabah curfew set to cause fish shortage

Houses near Kampung Simunul in Sabah, Malaysia.

KOTA KINABALU - The curfew in six east coast districts of Sabah will likely cause a supply shortage of several favourite types of fish here.

This include species like lumahan, kembong, tulai and ikan kayu, which are caught using the pukat tunda (purse seine) method.

Sabah Fisheries and Fishing Boat Owners Association Federa­tion chairman Arsani Arshad said the commercial fishermen using purse seine method would go out to sea at night using bright lights to attract the fish into their pukat jerut, also known as pukat tarik.

He said the curfew restricts fishermen to a narrow one-nautical-mile wide corridor when they go out to sea.

Arsani said most fishermen using the purse seine method were in Semporna, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Sandakan - districts where the curfew was in place.