Plankton bloom causes Ah Hua Kelong to lose 80% of stock

An increase in plankton levels has crippled Ah Hua Kelong, leaving the local fish farm with only 20% of their fish stock. In order to help pay for expenses as the farm recovers, a crowdfunding effort has been set up.

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The recent hot and dry weather has resulted in an exponential increase in plankton levels in the Strait of Johor between Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia. Rapid multiplication of plankton drains the seawater of oxygen, resulting in suffocation of marine life. While a plankton bloom might sound really pretty, the phenomenon has already killed swathes of wild marine life off Pasir Ris Beach, and local fish farms have not been spared.

A video posted by Ah Hua Kelong reveals the extent of damage caused.

With the fishes ending belly-up, the worst is already over, says Wong Jing Kai, Business Development Manager for Ah Hua Kelong. The 25-year-old is eager to clear up surrounding waters and get the farm back to full operational capabilities. Based on last year’s experience with plankton blooms, a full recovery is expected to take between one to two months. However, the situation this year is more dire than last, leaving Mr Wong uncertain.

Ah Hua have also released a photo of their dead stock. =(

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is currently helping with waste management, helping to clear up the dead fishes in Ah Hua Kelong.

They [AVA] have people up our farms, as well as all the affected farms to help properly dispose of the dead fishes.

– Mr Wong

Ah Hua Kelong deserves your help

The IndieGoGo project started on 28 February, and will close on 30 March. Bryan Ang, Creative and Marketing Director of Ah Hua Kelong, hopes to collect US$20,000 (S$27,281) and have so far managed to raise over US$5,000 within three days.

Ah Hua Kelong, which has locations off Sembawang and Changi, is also quick to point out that the dead fishes are not being sold, while the spared stock have not been poisoned or otherwise affected by the plankton bloom.

The young entrepreneurs running Ah Hua Kelong work hard, often starting their day at 1am and ending at 10pm, supplying fishes and seafood to restaurants and home owners around the island. They also had to personally clear dead fish this morning, leaving themselves too busy to talk to reporters — work that few Singaporeans can imagine themselves doing.

Singaporeans are generous enough to collectively donate $7,500 to a cheated Vietnamese tourist, so how much do these daring local startup who lost almost all of their stock deserve?

Exemplify the kampung spirit and show your support for the fish entrepreneurs here!

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Featured Image via Ah Hua Kelong Facebook
With reference from The Straits Times, The Malay Mail Online, The New Paper, Vulcan Post