KUANTAN: The Fisheries Department has detained two foreign fishing vessels and the 12 crew members onboard for trespassing into national waters to catch squid.
This took place at a location 40.3 nautical miles from Kuala Kuantan here on Wednesday.
Its deputy director-general (management), Wan Muhammad Aznan, said those detained, aged between 16 and 59, were believed to have just entered the country’s waters based on the catch of about 20kg found in the two vessels.
“The raid was conducted at 9am and at that time, the tekong and his crew were resting, possibly after catching squid the night before. Some of them acted aggressively, but we managed to detain them,” he told the media at the Kuantan Fisheries Jetty here yesterday.
He said the total value of the seizure, including the vessels and the communication and navigation equipment, was estimated at RM300,000. — Bernama