Fish farmers hit by the red tide crisis are angry with officials who rejected their request yesterday for a more generous aid package. About 30 members of the Federation of Aquaculture Associations protested to legislators at Chater Garden, claiming the algae caused losses of more than $300 million at about 1,200 farms. They demanded the amount of relief available to each farmer, originally set at $11,250, be raised to between $30,000 and $50,000. Government loans of up to $500,000 per farmer, with repayments starting after 18 months at two per cent interest, should be increased for those suffering losses of more than $6 million. They also wanted the amount for unsecured loans raised from $100,000 to $200,000 and repayments started after three years. The farmers met deputy director of Agriculture and Fisheries Yip Shui-ming but were told the changes were unlikely and their call for cleaning of the seabed would be too costly. 'Mr Yip said it was a matter of principle. However, we believe principles can be altered according to the situation,' said federation chairman Wong Yung-kun.