Unfortunately, no scientific study or research have ever been carried out to find out for certain the reasons for the congregation of sailfish in Kuala Rompin, located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
It has always been a debate if the billfish concentration, particularly in huge numbers from August to November annually could only be due to the arrival of food source (anchovies and other bait fish, and squid). Thus bringing along with them large numbers of sea birds and hordes of other predators including the army of sport fishers (including commercial fishermen).
The bait fish arrival must be a big factor but many have also wondered if the sailfish are here to spawn. There are evidence that the waters in or not far from Kuala Rompin is also a spawning ground and nursery for this gracefully powerful billfish species.
A juvenile sailfish of about 20cm (8 inches) in length and weighing 200 gm was caught on a jig. The little Sailfish was released after the photograph was taken.
This should be an exciting piece of news and discovery. It is with great hope that perhaps the local state authorities, Fisheries Department or Jabatan Perikanan, university or any research body would conduct proper study and do something to preserve and protect the surrounding waters.
It must be made known that it is not just the sailfish that needs to be protected but just as important the bait fish and ecology that holds all together in balance.
Research must be carried out and closed season too, if necessary. Fortunately, the north-east monsoon between November to February does a decent job of that. Perhaps what will be good is a gazetted No Net Zone.
What do you think needs to be done? Please share your suggestion as any support is much needed.