Sabah cracks down on fish bombing

  • Nation
  • Friday, 12 Jul 2019

Taking stern measures: Seized pump boats used by foreigners being towed back to the Semporna Marine Police base.

KOTA KINABALU: Sixteen illegal immigrants and seven pump boats were detained in a major marine police sweep in Sabah’s eastern Semporna waters to wipe out fish-bombing activities.

It is a joint operation with the state Fisheries Department at fish markets and the sea area of Semporna, said Region 4 (Sabah) Marine Police commander Asst Comm Mohamad Pajeri Ali.

The operation was to check pump boats (small boats fitted with water pumps as engines) usually used as a sea transport by villagers on the islands and non-­citizens in the district that borders southern Philippines.

Authorities seized three unre­gistered pump boats and four registered boats being used by illegal immigrants in the area, said ACP Pajeri.

The operation comes after the July 5 incident where a local dive instructor and two tourists from China were killed by a blast from a fish bomb at a dive site off Pulau Kalapuan in Semporna.

ACP Pajeri said the authorities also enforced various laws, including the Maritime Shipping Ordinance, during the operation which also checked the Sem­porna town fish market.

All those arrested and boats seized were taken to the Semporna marine police base.

“We will be continuing our actions to wipe out fish-bombing activities in the Semporna waters,” he said, adding that continuous checks in the market would help reduce the incidents of bombed fish being sold.

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