The end of a prawning era

Pictures by: 
Jeremy Long
Benjamin Seetor
Report by: 
Shaffiq Idris Alkhatib

Located off Sin Ming Avenue near Bishan Park, Hai Bin Bishan Prawn Fishing closed its operations for good yesterday after six years, due to a rent dispute. After plans by the landlord, Nature Park, to raise the monthly rent from $26,000 to $65,000, Hai Bin said that it will now focus on its two other outlets, in Punggol and Jurong.

To mark the closure, Hai Bin Prawning invited customers to its Bishan outlet for a free three-hour prawning session yesterday. Between 7am and 11.59pm, each customer received one rod to fish for prawns in a free three-hour slot and members of the public went there in droves to take part.

When The New Paper went there at 8am, more than 100 people were already fishing at the four ponds there. About 100 others were patiently queueing up at a nearby counter, awaiting their turn.

Mr Edward Goh, 57, who was among the first to arrive there yesterday morning, was sad to say goodbye to his favourite hangout. He had made “countless” friends there, he said. “Fishing helps me unwind after working hard during the week. I fish for prawns as a hobby and not for the catch,” he said.

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on September 9, 2013.