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Farmers affected by mass fish deaths will be helped: Dr Maliki

The authorities will help fish farmers affected by the recent mass fish deaths, said Minister of State for National Development Mohamad Maliki Osman when he visited two of the affected coastal fish farms on Thursday.

SINGAPORE: The authorities will help fish farmers affected by the recent mass fish deaths, said Minister of State for National Development Mohamad Maliki Osman when he visited two of the affected coastal fish farms on Thursday.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has collected samples from fish farms that were affected by sudden fish deaths, and no marine biotoxins were detected in the samples.

AVA said that the fish deaths at some 39 fish farms along the East Johor Straits and West Johor Straits could be due to low levels of oxygen in the water and the hot weather.

It added that live fish that are in the local markets, however, are safe for consumption. 

Dr Maliki assured the farmers that assistance would be provided, which includes setting up aeration systems to improve water quality.

"We will look at each farm, we'll explore the amount of losses. We'll explore how best we can help them individually.

“I think it's how we can show the support -- whether it is financial support or otherwise, it really depends on what they need at this point in time, after we've done the assessment,” he said.

Loh Tee Wee, a fish farm operator, said: "The water conditions are much better today. In fact, in the last two days, the water conditions have gotten better.

“So we are very happy that the situation has improved. We have our recovery plan in place -- how we are going to move forward, continue our production and ramp up our production this year."

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