1.5m arowana worth RM78m exported in 2023 — Fisheries DG

BAGAN SERAI — A total of 1.5 million arowana fish of various species were exported abroad last year, Fisheries Department (DOF) director-general Datuk Adnan Hussain said.

He added that the department would assist operators to obtain Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) permits and ensure they follow proper guidelines to allow them to export arowana abroad easily and boost the export figure in the future.

“The types exported include hybrid, red, gold and albino, with high demand from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan,” he told reporters at an engagement event with arowana operators here today.

An arowana fish fry release was also held at Bukit Merah Lake as part of the engagement session, with 100 of them worth RM150,000 being released.

Adnan also shared that Perak was still the largest exporter of arowana for both domestic and foreign markets.

“Besides Perak, Johor, Melaka and Selangor … are the four active states in producing on a large scale for market purposes,” he added. — BERNAMA / pic AFP

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