KOTA KINABALU: The marine police here have recorded 30 cases related to fish bombing for the first six months of this year.
Sabah Marine Police commander Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Pajeri Ali said that 23 cases were filed under the Fisheries Act 1985 and seven cases were offences under the Explosives Act 1957.
Out of the total 30, 13 cases were recorded in Semporna, followed by 11 cases in Kota Kinabalu, and three each in Kudat and Lahad Datu.
“The 23 cases from the period of January until June 2019 under Fisheries Act for having in possession explosives-related materials and equipments like detonators, ammonia fertiliser, compressors and other devices to catch fish using explosives.
“Another seven cases under the Explosives Act bought the total seizure value to RM100,113.
“The marine police are taking these offences seriously, as it is not only dangerous for the perpetrator, but also brings destruction to the marine ecosystem and scuba activities around the area,” he said in a statement on Monday (July 8).
He said the operation to track and catch culprits is being continued across the state’s coastal waters from Labuan to Tawau.
“Sabah marine police will always prioritise combating fish bombing in our waters, whether holding our own operations or through operations involving the Fisheries Department and Sabah Parks,” Mohamad Pajeri stressed.
Last week, a local dive master and two tourists from China were killed underwater off Semporna, believed to be due to fish bombing.