KOTA TINGGI: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained a Vietnamese fishing vessel for illegal fishing in Malaysian waters near Sedili Besar here.
Tanjung Sedili MMEA acting director Mohd Zulfadli Nayan said the vessel was detained on Friday (July 20) at around 11.45am about 20 nautical miles northeast of Sedili Besar.
He said six people aged between 29 and 41 were arrested, included the captain and added that their catch was seized.
Mohd Zulfadli also said that the catch was valued about RM1mil and included live sharks and prawns.
"The captain failed to produce valid documents allowing them to fish in our waters," he said.
The boat has been towed to the Tanjung Sedili Maritime jetty to facilitate the investigation and the case is being investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985.
Zulfadli said the sharks have been released into the sea while the prawns were auctioned.
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