There is a pressing issue of uncontrolled harvesting of Ikan Loma at Kuala Rui, along Sungai Rui and Sungai Perak, near Gerik, which had became a tourist attraction at the Gerik area.
Hundreds of thousands of Ikan Loma migrates from down stream of Sungai Perak to lay eggs at Sungai Rui and upper stream of Sungai Perak near Bersia Dam area.
At the small village of Kuala Rui, these fishes had to go through a narrow pass under a bridge, near Kuala Rui, where the people just scooped for the fishes, they only wanted the eggs as the ingredient of ‘perkasam’. The fish is however full of tiny bones, so the market price is low. Other areas along Sungai Perak towards Bersia Dam, fishing activities occurred at the Ikan Loma spawning area. There were reported cases where thousands of fishes were being thrown back into the river after obtaining their eggs.
Catching the fish during egg laying season and spawning area is a is a big concern for the conservation of Ikan Loma, the population will drop sharply in very short period of time, because a few generation of fishes were being wiped out.
The egg laying season will start from October to December every year.