KOTA KINABALU: A routine sea patrol and check on fishermen in waters off Semporna district led to the discovery of over 70kg of fish caught using explosives.
The fish were seized from two men near Bum-Bum Island in Semporna at about 4.30pm, Tuesday (April 20).
Semporna marine police operations base commanding officer Deputy Supt Mohammad Ismail said the men, in their 30s, were first asked about their catch and how they got so much using just a simple pump boat.
“Further probe led to the suspects admitting that the fish were caught using fish bombs, ” he said.
He said the fish worth over RM8,170 was confiscated along with two reels of hose, a compressor, two pump engines and a boat, among others.
The suspects will be investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985 for possessing fish that were caught using explosives, added DSP Mohammad.
“We welcome any information relating to crime at sea, ” he said, adding that they can be contacted at 013-2831197 if anyone has related information to share.