Malaysian coastal marine resources are declining due to overfishing.
Results from the last fish resource survey carried out by the Department of Fisheries (DoF) in 1997 indicate that demersal fish stocks have dropped by 90% since 1971. In June 2017 it was reported that Malaysia loses an estimated RM6bil annually to illegal fishing by encroachment of foreign fishing vessels. Moreover, there are illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, such as destructive fishing – including fish bombing and cyanide or poison fishing – which take place in Malaysian waters.
Fish populations and ocean habitats have been severely threatened beyond their capacity to recover, ...
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