In 2021, the fisheries subsector produced 1.75 million m.t of edible fish, 242.5 million pieces of ornamental fish and 24.4million bunches of aquatic plants worth RM14.88 billion. Edible fish production decreased by 2.1%, a decrease from 1.79 million m.t (in 2020) to 1.75 million m.t (in 2021). The production value of fisheries industry increased by 7.5%, an increase from RM13.84 billion (in 2020) to RM14.88 billion (in 2021).
The fisheries sector has been highlighted by the Cabinet Committee in the National Food Security Policy and National Agro-Food Policy 2.0 which is being drafted by the government. Therefore, the planning of the Department of Fisheries Malaysia (DOF) needs to be in line with existing policies and future directions.
The country is now in the era of Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 development plan which includes the 12th Malaysia Plan and the 13th Malaysia Plan. DOF planning needs to take into account the following elements:
- The current status of the country’s fisheries industry;
- Key achievements during the 11th Malaysia Plan period and earlier to be improved or added value;
- Issues and challenges that may constrain or hinder the progress of the fisheries industry;
- International obligations related to fisheries and biodiversity that need to be addressed by DOF;
- Instruments that can be used in planning; as well as the national and world economic scenario after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The following are the Malaysia’s fisheries production achievement in 2021 that involves Aquaculture, Capture Fisheries, Inland Fisheries and Ornamental Fish & Aquatic Plants throughout the year: