KOTA KINABALU: A fish bomb maker and three others believed to be involved in illegal fishing activities were arrested during a raid in Semporna on Sunday (Feb 9).
The fish bomb maker, a 47-year-old local woman, was nabbed from a house at Kampung Pulau Omadal, around 3.30pm.
Sabah Region 4 Marine police commander Asst Comm Mohd Pajeri Ali said they seized 20kg of fish believed to be caught using the illegal bombing method and some 16kg of ammonia, which is one of the main ingredients used to make the fish bombs.
"A 48-year-old Indonesian man was also nabbed in the house as he is believed to be involved in fish bombing activities around Semporna," he said in a statement here on Monday (Feb 10).
He said in another raid, marine police caught two sea gypsies near the Kampung Sim-Sim coastal area around 4.30pm.
They were found with over 200kg of fish believed to have been caught using the bombing technique.
ACP Mohd Pajeri said the two are male, aged 22 and 27.
"All four suspects have been taken to the Semporna police base for further action," he said.
Offenders under the Fisheries Act 1985 can be fined up to RM20,000 and jailed up to two years.