Senoko Fishing Port

by Tuining, Joyce A.

Senoko Fishing Port (now known as Senoko Fishery Port), which is located at the northern end of Singapore in Woodlands,1 was officially opened on 6 December 1997. The 3.24-hectare port has the capacity to manage up to 20 tonnes of fish a day, and serves as the home base for local fishing vessels.2

History
Senoko Fishing Port began operations on 2 September 1997. It replaced the 13-year-old Punggol Fishing Port and its wholesale market, which also relocated to Senoko Port on the same date.3 The old Punggol Port was about 2.65 ha and 3.5 m deep. The move to Senoko was necessary to make way for Punggol 21,4 an integrated plan to develop Punggol into a waterfront town. At least 30 fishing vessels that had been using Punggol Port were affected by the move.5

Description
The S$26-million6 Senoko Fishing Port has a 180-metre-long jetty and a seven-metre-deep harbour that allows the docking of the larger foreign vessels to bring their catch in.7 It can take in ships weighing up to 300 tonnes,8 and has a docking capacity of 70 local trawlers and 120 in-shore fishing vessels. It allows more vessels to berth at the same time, compared to what Punggol could accommodate.9  

Besides the port, other facilities include a wholesale centre, which is a two-storey building comprising a wholesale market (that can accommodate up to 30 fish merchants) and a canteen on the first floor, while the second floor consists of offices.10 The port also has a 24-hour computerised system for supplying fresh water to fishing vessels.11

Managed by the Primary Production Department (PPD) then, it was hoped that Senoko Fishing Port would attract more vessels to Singapore and in turn increase the supply of seafood.12 It is currently operated by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), a statutory board that was established on 1 April 2019 to oversee food safety and security in Singapore.13


The Wholesale Meat and Fish Act as well as the Fisheries Act are enforced at Senoko Fishing Port.14 It is also an approved landing point in Singapore for coastal fish farms operating in the eastern Straits of Johor.15

The port is popular amongst locals, especially as Chinese New Year approaches, as fish is sold more cheaply here.16 2005 marked the first year when it stayed open during Chinese New Year so that the supply of seafood and fish to local markets was not disrupted.17




Author

Joyce A. Tuining



References
1. Punggol fishing port to move to Senoko next month. (1997, August 5). The Straits Times, p. 27; Teo, G. (2002, February 15). Fish sales drop despite large crowds. The Straits Times, p. 6. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Singapore Food Agency. (2020, May 12). Senoko Fishery Port. Retrieved from Singapore Food Agency website: https://www.sfa.gov.sg/wholesale-markets/fisheries/fishery-port-services
2. Tan, S. E. (1997, December 7). More fish from different placesThe Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. Kangar fisherfolk to move to new Punggol complex. (1984, February 19). The Straits Times, p. 8; Punggol fishing port to move to Senoko next month. (1997, August 5). The Straits Times, p. 27; Chang, A-L. (1997, September 1). End of the line for Punggol port. The Straits Times, p. 29; Senoko Fishing Port. (1997, September 5). The Straits Times, p. 63. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Punggol fishing port to move to Senoko next month. (1997, August 5). The Straits Times, p. 27. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. Abdul Hadhi. (1995, July 22). Fishing port to make way for waterfront townThe Business Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
6. Singapore Food Agency. (2020, May 12). Senoko Fishery Port. Retrieved from Singapore Food Agency website: https://www.sfa.gov.sg/wholesale-markets/fisheries/fishery-port-services
7. Punggol fishing port to move to Senoko next month. (1997, August 5). The Straits Times, p. 27; 榜鹅渔港9月迁至圣诺哥。(1997, August 5). 联合早报  [Lianhe Zaobao], p. 8; 苏乘苓。(1997, December 17). 原产局努力寻找更多食物供应来源联合早报  [Lianhe Zaobao], p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
8. Tan, S. E. (1997, December 7). More fish from different placesThe Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
9. Tan, S. E. (1997, December 7). More fish from different placesThe Straits Times, p. 1;. 榜鹅渔港9月迁至圣诺哥。(1997, August 5). 联合早报  [Lianhe Zaobao], p. 8. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
10. Punggol fishing port to move to Senoko next month. (1997, August 5). The Straits Times, p. 27. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
11. Tan, S. E. (1997, December 7). More fish from different placesThe Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
12. Fish merchants get rent cuts. (1998, July 2). The Straits Times, p. 37; 李金嫦。(1997, September 4). 圣诺哥渔港启业 鱼商更多交易盛联合早报  [Lianhe Zaobao], p. 5. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
13. Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. (2018, July 26). New Singapore Food Agency to oversee food safety and security, the National Parks Board to oversee animal and wildlife management, as well as animal and plant health [Press release]. Retrieved from Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources website: https://www.mewr.gov.sg/
14. Singapore Food Agency. (2020, May 12). SFA’s centres. Retrieved from Singapore Food Agency website: https://www.sfa.gov.sg/about-sfa/sfas-centres
15. Lee, A. (2014, July 25). AVA seeks ideas for better farming systems. Today, p. 34. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
16. Teo, G. (2002, February 15). Fish sales drop despite large crowdsThe Straits Times, p. 6. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
17. Fish vendors to stay open. (2005, February 3). The Straits Times, p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.



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