A viral video showing fishing boats landing huge piles of pomfrets was not taken in Penang as claimed.
Penang Fisherman (South) Association chairman Arshad Omad said the incident purportedly occurred in Bagan Panchor, Perak, and not in Penang.
"The trawlers worked in pairs using big nets to haul in a large catch. There are no such boats operating in Penang, and such a practice is illegal," he said.
The short video shows fishermen hauling in the large catch and loading them into cooler boxes.
It is accompanied by a message saying that the tons of fish from Balik Pulau could be a sign of impending earthquake or volcanic activity.