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Sabah relaxes ban on fish exports

MALAYSIA
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 03:00 (GMT + 9)

Sabah authorities have decided to partially lift a ban on fresh seafood exports and allow live aquaculture raised fish to be brought out of state. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin said the partial lifting of the export ban was because aquaculture was a key source of income for many Sabahans, and it also may help improve the trade balance. The minister recalled that the ban on exports of live as well as fresh chilled seafood, in force as from 2 February, was to ensure that there was enough supply for the local market. The measure involves certain fish species, including tiger grouper and kertang. However, the prohibition would not cover frozen seafood as well those that had been processed, such as fish fillet. According to Fisheries Department statistics, about 65 per cent of Sabah’s seafood is exported to the peninsula. Much of this production compr... FULL STORY

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