Data loading...

Sabah Crisis Has No Influence On Gensan Tuna Catches Philippines, March 12, 13

Tuna industry players here downplayed on Thursday any possible impact on the industry of the ongoing crisis in Sabah, Malaysia.

Domingo Teng, past president of the Socsksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries Inc. (SFFAII), said they don’t expect the crisis to have any effect on the industry’s operations as the waters off Sabah were not part of the traditional fishing grounds of tuna fishing fleets based in this city.

“There were only a few isolated fishing activities in that area and these involved only the smaller fishing boats,” he told reporters.

But Teng admitted that they have been closely watching the situation in Sabah as it would likely have some political implications.

He declined to further elaborate such concern but noted that they expect the government to be able to resolve soon the situation in Sabah.

Joaquin Lu, SFFAII president, said most of the city’s major fishing fleets operate mainly along the tuna-rich fishing grounds off the central and western Pacific Ocean.

Several fishing companies also maintain fish aggregating devices or payaos in the high seas along Mindanao’s eastern seaboard, he said.

On February 12, close to 200 members of the so-called Royal Army of the Sultanate of Sulu led by Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram settled in Sabah’s Lahad Datu town to insist anew their long-standing claim on the Malaysian state.

The group mainly comprised followers of the sultanate’s titular head Sultan Jamalul Kiram III from the provinces of Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-tawi.

The move triggered a standoff that eventually led to a series of armed clashes between the group and Malaysian forces since a week go, leaving around 40 people dead.