MMEA arrest nine fishing vessel crews, seize four boats for using illegal traps

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized four boats and detained nine crew members for using illegal fishing methods at Sungai Tengkorak, Tanjung Karang.

Selangor MMEA director Maritime Kpt Mohammad Rosli Kassim said the boats were seized under Ops Ehsan on Wednesday (April 21) after the MMEA discovered 80 sets of China prawn traps.

“Checks on the boats found 20 such traps on each boat, ” he said in a statement on Thursday (April 22).

He said the use of such traps had been banned in Malaysia due to its tendency to destroy the ecosystem and its non-selective nature.

Maritime Kpt Mohammad Rosli added that six of the crews were from Myanmar while the other two were local.

He reminded fishermen to obey the laws and conditions stipulated in the fishing licenses.

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