Terms Used

This page is to explain some of the more interesting terms used on this website to our foreign friends who visits this site. Hopefully this can serve to improve your understanding of the terms used.


A kelong is a word from the Malay language used to describe structures building in the sea generally for the purpose of fishing. This structures are build from wood and the main structure is supported by tree trunks (water resistent palm eg. Nibong) embedded in the seabed and leashed together using wire or natural leashing material. Kelong can be found along the coastal region of the Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, generally around depth of 40 to 50 feet of water.

Traditional kelong employs a "V" shape corral made of palm trunks and nets built across a path of water(flow) with the intention for herding fishes into a central collection point. The fishes herded into this collection points will then be haul up using a large lift net.

There only a handful of kelong left in Singapore. In place of Kelong, Singapore host about 100 float fish farms, these are wooden structures (generally Kapur Wood ) floated on large plastic drums and uses an anchoring system to secure itself into position. These structures supports net cages made from polyethylene, which are used to house and farm fishes like Milkfish, mullet, seabass, groupers, mangrove jacks, drums, snappers, cobia and others. These farm operates under the jurisdiction of AVA and AVA forbids non-farming related personnel from being on these floating farms (in another words, "NO Fishing") or kelongs. The floating farms in Singapore are mostly situated along the Straits of Johore, clustering around Pulau Ubin, Pasir Ris and Lim Chu Kang.

If you're still interested in visting a kelong, you could browse the "Fishing Spots" section or the internet for accessible kelongs in Malaysia and Indonesia. A search will list a few kelongs situated along southern Johore, along the east coast of Johore near Sibu Island and Mersing town and Indonesia (Bintan & Batam). Most of these listed are not commercial fishing kelong, instead some of these kelong have converted their function from a commercial fish harvesting setup to non-commercial fishing (recreational fishing) that caters to the general public and recreational anglers. These kelongs allow holiday makers and anglers to to stay on the structure and provides the basic 4 meals, a bunk bed, basic washing and bathing facilities. But some do provides air-condition lodging


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