Malaysian Maritime detain local boat in restricted area
Last Update: 30/10/2019
LUMUT, Oct 30 -- The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Maritime Malaysia) detained a local fishing boat together with a skipper and crew members after it was found fishing in a prohibited zone about 2.9 nautical miles from Pulau Terong, here yesterday afternoon.
Acting Perak Maritime Director, Maritime Commander Shahrizan Raman said the Class B tug boat was detected by the Penggalang 13 to have left from Kuala Sepetang, Taiping on Monday morning.
“The boat together with the skipper and crew members who were Malaysian nationals aged between 41 and 52 were later escorted to the Kampung Aceh Vessel Detention Centre, here for further investigation under the Fisheries Act 1985 for catching fish in a restricted zone without approval from the Director-General of Fisheries,” he said in a statement.
Shahrizan said his men also confiscated 30 kilograms of various types of fish believed to have been caught by the fishermen.
Meanwhile, Sharizan said that his men had caught 51 local fishermen’s boats this year for various offences including fishing in prohibited areas and engaging foreigners without approval.
“The Malaysian Maritime agency will take firm action on any fishing boat which trespasses and catches fish and will not hesitate to take legal action,” he added.