Five crewmen held off Mersing for violating terms of fishing licence


MERSING: A fishing vessel and five of its crewmen were detained near Pantai Tanjung Resang here for violating conditions set under its fishing licence.

State Fisheries Department director Noraishah Hashim said the Zone B fishing vessel was spotted during a routine check by the department along Johor East Coast waters at about 1.30am on Sunday (May 16).

“The vessel failed to adhere to conditions set under its licence as Zone B fishing vessels are only allowed to fish between 6am and 7pm.

“Its five crewmen, including the skipper, are between the age of 31 and 58 and are all locals.

"They were arrested while fishing about 9.8 nautical miles from Pantai Tanjung Resang in Mersing, ” she said in a statement.

She added that the vessel was also seized along with fishing equipment and its catch, comprising fish and squid.

The case is being investigated under Section 8(b) of the Fisheries Act 1985 for contravention of conditions set under a fishing licence.

Noraishah reminded the fishing community to adhere to the conditions set in their licences to avoid affecting the country’s marine resources.

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