Tuna industry, a new source of wealth

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The tuna satay is introduced to the frontliners of Covid-19 at an appreciation event at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 24 JUNE 2020.
The tuna satay is introduced to the frontliners of Covid-19 at an appreciation event at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 24 JUNE 2020.

By Manzaidi Mohd Amin

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MOA) through the Department of Agriculture had prepared the Tuna Industry Development Strategic Plan 2020 – 2030 to develop the tuna hub in Malaysia.

According to its Deputy Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah, the plan encompasses 10 development strategies and initiatives along with the management of national tuna industry in the 12th Malaysia Plan.

He said, the tuna landing in the country involves three ports namely in Penang, Langkawi and Sabah amounting to 101,627.32 metric tonnes with an estimation value of RM900 million in 2019.

He said, the catch involved neritic tuna in the Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE) and oceanic tuna caught in the Indian Ocean.

“There are four species of main oceanic tuna caught by our fishermen in the Indian Ocean using vessels such as the Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Albacore and Skipjack.

“Neritic tuna are caught in the national waters such as the Longtail Tuna, Frigate Tuna, Bullet Tuna and Kawakawa species,” he said.

Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah (right) dished out tuna satay to the Director of Covid-19 Low Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centre, Dr. Mohd Anuar Sahmad @ Mahmood (left) in a programme to promote the tuna based products at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor.     PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 24 JUNE 2020.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah (right) dished out tuna satay to the Director of Covid-19 Low Risk Quarantine and Treatment Centre, Dr. Mohd Anuar Sahmad @ Mahmood (left) in a programme to promote the tuna based products at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor.
PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 24 JUNE 2020.

According to him, tuna industry is developing in the country and is one of the new source of wealth for the country. The Department of Fisheries is committed to develop the industry in Penang.

He said, as of 2019, 17 tuna fishing vessels and a tuna towing boat have been licensed to operate at the Indian Ocean with 2.7 million metric tonne of catch amounting to RM35 million.

On the tuna products, Ahmad said, the tuna satay is an innovation product by the Department of Fisheries introduced for the first time during MAHA 2016.

“This is a product to encourage tuna products. It was introduced to create more variety to the existing satay in the market. Besides that, it also provides a different taste, nutrition and option to the consumers.

“The tuna satay is produced using 100 percent yellowfin tuna which is delicious and rich in Omega-3,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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