KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): The Terengganu Fisheries Department has seized several fish traps and ray nets (pukat pari) in an operation carried out around the Pulau Kapas and Pulau Redang Marine Parks.
Its director Ruzaidi Mamat said 25 enforcement officers were involved in the three-hour operation carried out by the department’s Marine Parks and Resource Management division on Tuesday (June 8).
“We managed to detect six fish traps and ray nets about 0.4 nautical miles (740m) from Pulau Kapas while two more fish traps were detected about 0.4 nautical miles from Pulau Redang.
“The use of fish traps and ray nets is an offence under Section 43 (1) (a) of the Fisheries Act 1985 for catching or attempting to catch fish in marine park areas.
"The owners of these traps have yet to be identified,” he said on Wednesday (June 9).
The use of fish traps and ray nets is prohibited at marine park areas as they can affect the marine resource ecosystem and also threaten the safety of turtles that are at risk of being trapped in the nets.
Ruzaidi said the operation was also a follow-up to a report received by his department recently on the death of a female green turtle in the waters of Pulau Kapas.
It is believed to have been killed by irresponsible parties out to steal its eggs.
The turtle's carcass was discovered on May 26 with slash marks on its neck and lower body. – Bernama