Fisheries Department Monitors Rare Anchovy Phenomenon on Pangkor Island

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The PERAK Fisheries Department will monitor the phenomenon involving thousands of anchovies jumping out of the water on Pasir Bogak beach.

Its manager Noraishah Hashim said the incident happened at 7.30pm yesterday after an incident on Friday where a small amount of silver-type round herring fries were also found washed up on the beach.

She said many residents and visitors took the opportunity to pick the anchovies between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. yesterday, adding that investigations revealed the rare incident only happened at Pasir Bogak beach.

“Fishermen in the area said that the big fish, especially the alu-alu fish (yellowtail barracuda) could chase the anchovies, forcing them to jump on the beach,” she said, adding that the Bright lights in the area could also attract anchovies. the beach.”

According to her, fishermen and shipowners informed the department that their anchovy catches had increased several days before the phenomenon occurred.

Noraishah said the department is of the view that the rezoning of fishing grounds on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia in 2016, which created a conservation area for fish farming, has succeeded in increasing the number of anchovies in the region. – Bernama, August 15, 2022.

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