26 May '16, 12am

"Where have all the cockles gone?" [Straits Times]

SINGAPORE - The cost of blood cockles, commonly referred to as 'si hum', has gone up. Local importer and supplier Siong Hong Seafood used to pay $100 for 65kg, but now pays as much as $170. Its general manager Lee Ya Xiong, 48, told The New Paper that pollution and rising temperatures have led to a drastic fall in Malaysia's cockle harvest. "We have no idea how to solve this problem," he said. At its peak in 2005, Malaysia produced 100,000 tonnes of cockles for both local consumption and export. Only 16,000 tonnes were harvested last year, Malaysian newspaper The Star reported. One of the issues was the deteriorating water quality in the cockles' breeding environment. Singapore's live cockle imports from Malaysia dipped from 2,500 tonnes in 2014 to 2,000 tonnes last year, Agri-food and Veterinary Authority figures show. From January to April this year, 600 tonnes of cockle...

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