LUMUT, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained two Indonesian fishing boats for allegedly fishing in Malaysian waters southwest of Pangkor Island here, yesterday.
Perak Maritime deputy director (Operations) Commander (Maritime) Shahrizan Raman said the Indonesian fishing boats were detained by the patrol vessel KM Marlin, while conducting ‘Ops Sayong’ around 12.30 pm.
“The boats, named KM RIZKI and KM JURINA, from Bedagai, Medan were said to have gone fishing on Aug 5 with four and five crew, aged between 18 and 48 years," he said in a statement here today.
Shahrizan said the boats were escorted back to the Kampung Acheh Vessel Detention Centre and arrived at 2.15 am today for further investigation.
In the meantime, Shahrizan said they also detained a local B-class fishing boat at 10.00 pm last night.
The boat was detained after the Perak Maritime Operations Centre received a complaint saying there was a boat carrying out fishing activities in the prohibited area under the Fisheries Act 1985.
“The boat and two crew, including the skipper, aged between 14 and 49 years, were also taken to the Kampung Acheh Vessel Detention Centre to be handed over to the investigating officer,” he said.