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Understanding that fish resources are fast depleting in the wild, a key reason due to demand, MERC provided full support to Borneo Eco Fish in establishing its aquaculture farm near MERC to carry out high value fish culture. Fish species currently cultured include mouse grouper, tiger grouper, coral trout, red snapper, seabass, and several others. Recently, a hybrid grouper (hybrid of tiger grouper and giant grouper) was also introduced into the farm.
Operational practices are in line with environmental principles – Borneo Eco Fish has a strict policy to not use chemicals and drugs. The farm was awarded with the ‘Good Aquaculture Practice Certificate’ by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Aquaculture and Agro-Based Industry Malaysia.
Borneo Eco Fish supplies fresh and live fish to Gayana Eco Resort and Bunga Raya Island & Spa Resort, as well as several seafood restaurants around Kota Kinabalu. Purchasing farmed fish highlights the commitment of these establishments in reducing the pressure on wild fish resources. This comes at a critical time when the engagement of business partners, at whichever stage of the production and supply chain, is absolutely necessary.
Many seafood industries or restaurants are selling high valued, live or fresh seafood caught by using cyanide (a chemical used to stunt the animals underwater before collecting them), a fact unknown by many consumers.