Cockle prices at Bayan Baru Market, Penang Picture : SAM
Media Statement 6 July 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the government to investigate and take immediate action to address the problem of imminent threat and diminishing cockle breeding grounds.
The long-standing problem since 10 years ago, is not only affecting the livelihood of fishermen and supply for consumers but has resulted in a price increase of cockles sold in markets. A market survey by SAM found that the price of cockles has increased to RM14.00/kg in some areas.
Fishermen and cockle breeders in some states have complained that their yield has decreased to 50 percent due to the dwindling stock of cockles. Among the causes of dwindling stock are marine pollution due to chemical waste discharge, destruction of mangrove forests, use of destructive gears that damage sea bed and cockle spats smuggled out of the country.
In addition, some natural breeding grounds of cockles have been destroyed due to use of modern catching equipment and the implementation of aquaculture projects that damage and pollute the area.Read more
Media Statement 2 January 2020
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) supports the protest of coastal fishermen in Mukim Sebatu and Merlimau, Jasin, Melaka who are urging the revocation and cancellation of the approval given by the Melaka State Government for the implementation of a commercial cockle culture project here. Moreover, the Fisheries Department also did not support the company's application based on the fishermen's objections at the time and also because it would create a conflict between the fishermen and the company.
SAM learned that the Melaka State Government had approved the application for cockle cultivation by a private company and that a temporary occupancy license (TOL) to Swiss Tech Sdn Bhd was issued on December 9, 2016 for a 100-acre site.
SAM was informed that a survey by the Fisheries Department found that cockle spats (more than 4mm) and adult cockles were living naturally in the coastal area of Sebatu and that the Department was in the process of assessing the cockle density in order to manage this natural cockle breeding ground in accordance to the Fisheries Act 1985Read more