LABUAN (Bernama): Labuan marine police and a fisheries enforcement team nabbed five Vietnamese and three Indonesian fishermen for illegal fishing, with a total haul worth RM336,600, in separate operations Wednesday (April 17) morning.
The arrests and seizure were made during an operation dubbed “Op Gelora Khas” with the Labuan Fisheries Department.
State Region 4 commander Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Pajeri Ali said the first arrest was of Vietnamese fishermen who were found to have carried out illegal fishing activity at 9am in Malaysian waters off the emerging dive site of Vernon Bank.
“We seized their wooden boat with engine and fishing equipment worth RM133,800 and no marine catch at the time of the arrest,” he told Bernama Thursday (April 18).
The second arrest was on Indonesian nationals aged between 25 and 38 on a trawler.
They were caught fishing using nets below 38mm, which is an offence under Section 26 (b) of the Fisheries Act 1985.
“The Marine and Fisheries Department were on Op Gelora Khas when our teams found them fishing illegally about 7.4 nautical miles off Tanjung Punai near University Malaysia Sabah Labuan waters at 6.50am yesterday,” he said in a statement Thursday.
Pajeri said the catch totalling 150kg, the trawler with the engine and fishing equipment all worth of RM202,800 were seized.
The cases are being investigated under Section 15(1)(a) and Section 26 (b) of the Fisheries Act 1985 respectively. – Bernama