The sea bottoms of peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo are among the most spectacular and species-rich in the world, thanks to the unique geographic location of the country. From giant turtles, frenzied sharks, to gregarious dolphins, Malaysia is a treasure trove of marine life. Rich in aquatic life, the country indulges in sport fishing where the primary reward is the challenge of finding and catching the fish rather than the culinary or financial value of the fish. One such internationally acclaimed fishing event is ‘The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge’.
“The Royal Pahang Billfish International challenge is an international eco-friendly event highlighting the presence of exotic billfishes in the Pahang region. This is an ideal event for fishing enthusiasts, attracting a huge number of visitors as participants as well as tourists from all over the world,” says Mr. ManoharanPeriasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia, India.
The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge (RPBIC) is the largest fishing competition in Malaysia, currently involving many local and overseas participants.Scheduled to take place from August 21 to August 24, 2014, this international challenge is the flagship event for Pahang Government State, Tioman Development Authority & Pahang Tourism. It is an annualoff-shore ‘Catch and Release’ fishing competition held at Kuala Rompin. Rompin’s waters are known as one of the natural migration routes for the Billfish.
The concept of this competition is to create a healthy activity while preserving the species. Now in its 10th edition the challenge was initiated by the Joran Unit of BeritaHarian, a popular Malay language national daily newspaper in Malaysia. Loaded with dynamic bursts of excitement for the experienced angler, it is a highly anticipated event drawing scores of participants from around the world.
RPBIC takes advantage of the active migration season of the billfish, such as Marlin and Sailfish, passing the Rompin area from the northern hemisphere to their destination in Australia, fromMarch to September. This annual billfish migration, passing through the area in their thousands, could be tracked via satellite. As observed during the fishing challenge, the reefs at Rompin, namely Karang (Reef) DO, Karang Cha, KarangBatuMati, Karang Buru, KarangLuas, BatuBerhala, KarangRompin, Batu Saga and TukunTayar provide some of the best resting places for the billfish before they move on, thus making it an ideal location for the fishing challenge as well.
For those who seek adventure and eco – friendly sports, the billfish challenge is the place to be. The event greatly contributes to state tourism, as a good number of tourists both local and international travel to Pahang every year to witness the ‘catch and release’ action. So for locals as well as internationals the fishing challenge can be an exciting adventure experience, not to be missed.
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, popularly known as Tourism Malaysia, was established to promote Malaysia as a top-of-mind tourist destination showcasing Malaysia’s unique wonders, attractions and cultures; develop domestic tourism and enhance Malaysia’s share of the market for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Tourism Malaysia’s objective is to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination and make the tourism industry a major contributor to the socio-economic development of the nation. In India, Tourism Malaysia offices are conveniently located in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
In 2014, Malaysia celebrates its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The VMY 2014 promotional campaign has started this year with a series of year-long special events and activities leading to VMY 2014. It will contribute to the Government’s target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020.