MMEA seizes three illegal 'bubu naga' traps, spotted while patrolling off Melaka waters

MELAKA: The Melaka and Negri Sembilan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized three sets of the outlawed “bubu naga” fish traps about 1.0 nautical miles west of the Sungai estuary here on Wednesday (April 28).

The agency's director Maritime Captain Haris Fadzillah Abdullah (pic) said the fish traps were spotted at three locations by an MMEA boat that was patrolling the waters off Melaka at about 3.35pm Wednesday.

“My team was able to identify the fish traps after spotting mineral water bottles floating along the waterway during patrolling.

“The three seized fish traps were estimated to cost about RM200, ” he said on Thursday (April 29).

Haris Fadzillah said the fish traps contained only a small quantity of marine life, weighing about 2kg in total for all three traps when seized.

“We believe the traps were freshly laid underwater in order to ensnare fish and shrimp before they were spotted, ” he said.

Haris Fadzillah said the patrol was launched following mounting complaints from villagers on the rampant usage of the fish traps by the local fishermen.

He said those laying the fish traps can be charged under Section 11(3)(c) of the Fisheries Act 1985 for fishing using an unauthorised method.

The usage of the fish trap, which is a long segmented net, could affect marine biodiversity, he added.

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