KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 The seafood haul from Selangor and Perak has declined sharply as a result of off-shore sand mining activities both legal and illegal, according to the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia LKIM.
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This has affected the livelihood of thousands of coastal fishermen in both states, its chairman told Berita Harian in an interview published today.
However, LKIM does not have the authority to control sea sand mining activities as it falls under the jurisdiction of several other agencies.
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Zone A is for fishing activities not more than five nautical miles from the coast.
Faiz urged local authorities to increase their monitoring of sea sand miners and crack down on the ones operating without permits.
He also proposed the government integrate the different agencies for better enforcement and proactive protection of the sea environment.
In Malaysia, main source the of sand is from in-stream mining. In-stream sand mining is common practice becaa use the mining locations are usually near the markets or along the transportation route, hence reducing transportation costs. In-stream sand mining can damage private and public properties as well as aquatic habitats.
The unnamed spokesman claimed the two biggest contributors were sea sand mining and industrial pollution.
Other activities that have affected the seafood yield include land reclamation projects, the destruction of mangrove forests along the coast and intrusion by foreign fishermen.
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