MMEA seizes fishing boat in restricted zone

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  • Thursday, 31 Oct 2019

LUMUT: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained a local fishing boat together with its skipper and crew members after being found fishing in a prohibited zone, 2.9 nautical miles from Pulau Terong here.

Acting Perak MMEA director Shahrizan Raman said the Class B tug boat was detected by the Penggalang 13 to have left from Kuala Sepetang, Taiping, on Monday morning.

“The boat, together with the skipper and Malaysian crew members, aged between 41 and 52, were later escorted to the Kampung Aceh vessel detention centre.

“The case will be investigated under the Fisheries Act for catching fish in a restricted zone without approval,” he said.

Shahrizan said they also confiscated 30kg of various types of fish, believed to have been caught by the fishermen.

On a related matter, he said a total of 51 local boats were detained this year for various offences, including fishing in prohibited areas and hiring foreigners without approval.

“We will take firm action on any fishing boat which trespasses and catches fish in the country’s waters,” he said. — Bernama

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