December 27, 2007

Buying fish in Pekan

Today, 26 of December, 2007 is a long day for me. My work objective today is to pickup (buy) some 150 pieces of patin buah and about 60-70 pieces of live krai (puntius daruphani) from some friendly Champa (Cambodian) fish farmer in Pekan, Pahang. Mind you, I have had this objective for the last 2 weeks but it was thwarted by the very bad flooding in that particular area of Pekan ie from Paloh Inai to Pulai Keladi. Initally the flooding in only in Lanchang near Karak but later the water started to move down river to Pekan.

My brother in law (zabidi) and I started from my house in Bandar Sunway at about 4 am to pick some ice cube that we kept in the coldroom in the office in Old Klang Road. I am driving a small 2 tonne lorry with 3 large live fish tanks and 4 ice boxes. We also have 2 high end dc air pump for the live fish tanks. It pull electricity direct from the battery. By 4:45 am I started my drive through NPE toward kesas highway and onward to the east coast highway. We stop over in Petronas before the Bentong tol plaza for our suboh prayer. We then stop over at Temerloh r&r for breakfast and we were at the Gambang tol plaza by 9 am. We then proceed to Paloh Inai using the Segamat Highway. At Paloh Inai after the bridge we turn left toward Pekan.

It is at this juncture that we realized the extend of the damages or the impact of the flooding on that area as we drove towards our friend house in Pulau Keladi. Firstly we observed that there were many cow dung along the road since all the cattle are now residing the road side since their home are now flood. Then we saw a few chicken coop by the road side. All the cars are now park on the road side. As we drove further toward Pekan, we realized that the flooding have not subside yet in most part along the road. When we get to Pulau Keladi , around our friend house, there are still 4 feet of water. There was a fishing net being placed at the side of his house where it used to have some cloth line to chance any fish that might get that way.

At the near house the water is about 1 meter deep. At the house f urther down near the river, the water is up to the armpit.

We then use a small sampan to get to the raft where we started to pick out the fish that we want to buy from the fish boxes. We bought about 150 patin buah which our friend’s family members help gutted on the raft and 5 patin buah live, 65 krai between 1.1 and 1.8kg and 1 very small Temoleh (seven stripe carp). We also took one soon hock which happen to be in the fish box. We then use the sampan to ferry the patin back to the lorry. Our friend place all the live fish in a small net box and wade the flood from the raft to the road side where we parked the lorry. We bought about RM4,500 worth of fishes to sell back to the Chinese Seafood restaurant in Klang Valley. By one oclock we are off back to our office and arrived back in our office by 6 pm. We were much delayed by the traffic jam along the kesas highway near the Taman maluri interchange. Whoever that design that interchange must be a blooming idiot. “tough toe nail”.

My friend's son helping out weighing the fish

ikan krai that we bought The krai in the RAS tank (4 meters in diameter)My elder child, Mohammad Zaki (6 yrs old) holding the mekong breed of patin buah
Lesson of the day :
1) the yellow krai is not very good traveler. They die. The white krai is much better traveler.
2) many small to medium size fish died to the flooding. Maybe because of the roughness or water turbulence in the fish net raft during the flooding.
3) more fish will die when the water from the flooded field and secondary jungle started to come down to Pekan.(air masam). It change the ph level of the water too rapidly for the fish to cope.
4) marble goby can be cultured in the fish net raft (sangkar) as I saw it done.
5) The Kampuchean never use any fish medicine for their fish.
6) Patin buah fry all come from Thailand. How the breed it, beats me. Some of these frys have hook in their mouth. Initial conclusion, frys are from the wild.

End of posting

No comments: