MICC Labuan Division Chairman Isli Siput, who announced this at a press conference, said:
"We wish to transform local fishermen using traditional methods into modern fishermen so that the commercial gain for them and the island would be greater." He
noted that there was great demand for crabs, prawns, fish and other marine species. "We are confident that with the support of all, prized delicacies from the island would one day find their way into overseas markets and served in five-star restaurants," said Isli, a former Senator. He
said MICC would help the fishermen and farmers by providing them training on the latest technology and technical know-how, especially in aquaculture.
"We are also hoping that unemployed graduates will venture into the business," he
also said MICC has set up a subsidiary, called Borneo Academy Aquarech Sdn Bhd
, to provide training and conduct aquacutlure courses for local and foreign participants.
Among the courses planned is a three-day basic introductory course on marine prawns, marine fish, crabs, freshwater fish, arowana and catfish breeding. He
added that though crabs, prawns and fish are the priority, the project would also focus on high-value fishes such as grouper, coral trout, sea bass, cobia, pomfret, snapper, sea horse, oyster, mussel, sea cucumber, sea snail, jellyfish, Chinese soft shell turtle and bull-frog.
The breeding methods used would be marine floating cagers - hardwood with drum as floating cages, earthen ponds, HDPE liner ponds, indoor hatchery and Green House mesocosm. Isli
further said that apart from the three-day basic course, other courses available through the Academy are a five-day technical transfer course and similar 10-day 25-day courses. He
said the Academy would also forge co-operation with renowned aqua-farming institutes/universities for online e-training for local participants and aqua-farming education from Shanghai, Taiwan, adding participants could obtain a certificate or diploma. He
also said the Academy has a number of experienced personnel in marine breeding methods, adding that for a start, some 50 participants from the country and overseas would be provided with a two-week course.