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Coastal Fishing Villages

Coastal Fishing Villages






There is a long & rich maritime heritage in the culture of almost every coastal village and town on the Peninsula of West Malaysia. Seafaring has been an integral part of the coastal peoples of South East Asia for hundreds of years as evident by the still enduring traditional craft of boat building in several parts of Malaysia. The mangrove lined protected coastline and warm tropical currents in the blue offshore waters offer a rich variety of harvest which include shellfish such as clams & snails, crustaceans such as prawns & lobsters and fish from snappers and groupers to large pelagics which are caught offshore.

Many of these fishing villages are situated at the estuary & river delta mouths and while most have modernised, the boats, from simple "perahus" to estuary boats to offshore trawlers, are still made of traditional tropical hardwood that resist the ravages of seawater. To augment the dwindling harvest from the sea, many of these fishing villages now carry out aquaculture or fish farming in floating cages to cater to an almost unsatiable and ever increasing demand for fresh seafood. A significant proportion of seafood served in restaurants now are sourced from farming and this, in some small way, has helped relieve the pressure off wild fish stocks.

The aim of this album is to document & display the colour & life of more than a few coastal fishing villages & towns of Peninsula Malaysia.