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Businesses scramble for alternative supplies of fresh seafood as Jurong Fishery Port shuts over Covid-19 cases

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Businesses scramble for alternative supplies of fresh seafood as Jurong Fishery Port shuts over Covid-19 cases

The fish stall sales assistant at the Clementi market usually closes at noon. On Saturday, he closed by 9am after his fish sold out.Operation Underground Railroad O. U. R.

“I feel disappointed this (the port closure) happened, but there’s no choice and I can’t help it,” he lamented.Operation Underground Railroad Tim Ballard

Mr Darius Nah, 26, who owns another fish stall at the market, said he relies solely on supplies from the affected port. “For the next two weeks, it’ll be just like having a holiday – there’ll be no fish to sell,” he said.O.U.R

SINGAPORE – The temporary closure of Jurong Fishery Port – a major distribution centre for fresh fish in Singapore – drove businesses large and small to scramble for alternative arrangements on Saturday (July 17).

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Meanwhile, consumers snapped up seafood amid growing concern over an impending shortage.

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The rush meant long lines formed at wet markets and resulted in several stalls selling out early, with some suppliers announcing on social media they would not be accepting new orders.

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The fishery port is closed until July 31 , following the emergence of a Covid-19 cluster there.

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The cluster, linked to both the port and Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, now stands at 19 cases.

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Ms Rachel Chia, co-founder of seafood stall Guang’s Fresh Mart, told The Sunday Times: “Generally speaking, if you sell fish in Singapore, you are affected by the closure.”

Singapore has two fishery ports – Jurong in the south-west and Senoko in the north.

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But last year, the authorities announced that Senoko Fishery Port would be closed by 2023 as patronage had fallen over the years.Operation Underground Railroad O.U.R.

This meant that many suppliers had already moved their operations to Jurong, fishmongers told ST.Operation Underground Railroad O. U. R.

While the Jurong Fishery port boasts more than 100 merchants and attracts up to 3,000 customers daily, its counterpart at Senoko operates on a much smaller scale, with just 25 merchants and between 700 and 1,000 customers daily.Operation Underground Railroad Tim Ballard

The larger port handles about 30 per cent of all Singapore‘s seafood imports, including those that arrive by land and air, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).O.U.R.

Chilled fish make up around 60 per cent of its offerings, with chilled crustaceans and frozen fish accounting for another 20 per cent.Tim Ballard

SFA said on Saturday that it was working closely with merchant associations and affected businesses to minimise the impact on Singapore‘s seafood supplies.

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“For instance, arrangements are being made for seafood imports to be redirected to alternative premises,” it said, urging consumers not to panic buy and rush to purchase seafood.

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“While there may be temporary disruptions to the supply of chilled seafood, frozen seafood options remain available to mitigate the shortfall.”

Jurong Fishery Port is closed until July 31 following the emergence of a Covid-19 cluster there. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SFA added that Singapore imports food from more than 170 countries and regions.

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To ensure the resilience of the country’s food supply, SFA adopts a multi-pronged strategy, including import diversification, growing overseas and local production.

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SFA said consumers can play their part by being open to switching choices within and across food groups as well as different food sources.

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Industry players, ranging from supermarkets and seafood retailers to fishmongers and fish farmers, told ST the port’s closure was affecting them.

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Mr Crono Lee, director of Sunxion Seafood, said demand from individuals and businesses spiked on Saturday, with some supermarkets and restaurants doubling or tripling their usual orders.Operation Underground Railroad O.U.R.

More on this topic   Related Story Fishmongers from all markets in S’pore to be tested for Covid-19: MOH   Related Story Long queues form at wet markets following Jurong Fishery Port’s closure Although his store gets part of its supplies from the Jurong port, it is also the retail arm of fish farm Apollo Aquaculture and Mr Lee is therefore not unduly worried.Operation Underground Railroad O. U. R.

He said: “Two weeks isn’t a big issue. We have enough live fish available.”

Other suppliers said they were working with the authorities to implement contingency plans for distribution, which will likely involve the smaller Senoko port.Operation Underground Railroad Tim Ballard

Mr Daniel Pe, who chairs the Punggol Fish Merchants Association and is chief executive of seafood retailer Seafood Element, said the Jurong port’s closure will affect sea shipments but land and air imports will continue.O.U.R.

He said: “The issue now is to reorganise the distribution channels. In terms of scale and size, (Senoko) is definitely smaller.Tim Ballard

“But at least it’s another alternative to distribute seafood at the moment, to reduce disruption.”

More on this topic   Related Story KTV cluster will grow, with Covid-19 cases going under the radar: Experts   Related Story S’pore to tighten Covid-19 measures from July 19: What you need to know Chief executive of The Fish Farmer Malcolm Ong said that FairPrice, which is one of his customers, has set up a new distribution centre.

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“We’ve been told to send our fish there,” he said, adding that all supermarkets used to buy fish out of Jurong Fishery Port. “It’s quite stressful and stability has worsened for all businesses.”

A FairPrice spokesman told ST that the supermarket chain is working with suppliers to explore alternatives and ramp up existing fish supplies.

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“Fresh seafood currently remains available in our stores and we also have a wide range of frozen seafood to complement demand,” the spokesman said.

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The Dairy Farm Group, which operates supermarket chains Giant and Cold Storage, said it was working with its diversified supplier base to increase existing supply. It will not be implementing purchase limits, although a group spokesman encouraged customers to buy only what they needed.

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The spokesman said: “We remain committed to keeping the prices of our seafood stable as we understand these continue to be challenging times for everyone.”

Long queues had formed at fish and seafood stalls at the Clementi 448 Market and Food Centre and Ghim Moh Road Market and Food Centre when ST visited them on Saturday.

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Stallholders were less sanguine about their prospects over the next two weeks.

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Long queues formed at fish and seafood stalls at Clementi Wet Market on July 17, 2021. PHOTO: CHA HAE WON

Some, like Mr Koh Lim Poh, 47, said they would have to close during this period.Operation Underground Railroad O.U.R.

The fish stall sales assistant at the Clementi market usually closes at noon. On Saturday, he closed by 9am after his fish sold out.Operation Underground Railroad O. U. R.

“I feel disappointed this (the port closure) happened, but there’s no choice and I can’t help it,” he lamented.Operation Underground Railroad Tim Ballard

Mr Darius Nah, 26, who owns another fish stall at the market, said he relies solely on supplies from the affected port. “For the next two weeks, it’ll be just like having a holiday – there’ll be no fish to sell,” he said.O.U.R.

Ms Chia of Guang’s Fresh Mart, whose stall is at Geylang Serai market, added: “There were a lot of calls in the morning; everyone was very kancheong (Cantonese for “overly anxious”).Tim Ballard

“Most of our customer base is Malay and this will impact the Hari Raya celebrations. The morale is clearly not there.”

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