MMEA steps up offshore surveillance

One of the illegal foreign fishing vessels detained in an MMEA operation.

MIRI: Raids on illegal fishing in the South China Sea in the northern part of Sarawak have been stepped up.

Over the past week, four fishing vessels with illegal foreign fishermen on board have been seized off Miri.

The latest case was on Monday.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) had seized up to seven tonnes of fishes from two big Vietnamese vessels that were fishing illegally offshore Miri as well as from two local Miri fishing vessels that were using illegal foreign fishermen .

Miri Maritime Department Sarawak commander Mohd Hambali Yaakub said his team detained 30 foreign fishermen on March 29 and detained two vessels three nautical miles off Miri.

These fishermen were believed to be Vietnamese.

The department also seized six tonnes of catch worth about RM60,000.

On Monday, the MMEA detained two locally-registered boats which had 28 foreign fishermen on board. They had no fishing permit.

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