Vietnamese fishermen caught for poaching

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) caught 11 Vietnamese fishermen poaching in Malaysian waters about 80 nautical miles off Terengganu. 

Their catch, weighing about 10kg, and the trawler boat they were in were seized, said MMEA Eastern Region Enforcement Chief First Admiral Datuk Ismail Hamzah. 

MMEA obtained an order to remand all the fishermen, aged between 17 and 43 years, up to tomorrow for investigation, he said. 

Ismail said the fishermen were caught trawling in the vicinity of the Dulang oil platform at about 10.30am on Saturday by the patrol vessel KM Lang during an operation there. 

If convicted, the skipper of the trawler can be fined up to RM1mil and the crew RM100,000 each, he said. 

Ismail said to date 130 Vietnamese fishermen had been caught this year poaching in Malaysian waters, mainly in areas near the Dulang and Resak oil platforms. 

He said since MMEA took over the task of patrolling the nation’s waters two years ago, 31 Vietnamese fishing boats had been detained for poaching.  

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