Fish bombing, illegal fishing arrests in Semporna and Tawau
Published on: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
By: Lagatah Toyos
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SEMPORNA: A 23-year-old local skipper was held off Bum-Bum Island water during Op Pensura for having fish bomb equipment at about 5.30pm on Monday. 

Sabah Region 4 Marine Police Commander, ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali, said a team of marine personnel on RH 7 patrol boat made the arrest after being alerted by Marine Intelligence Unit (URM) about the activity. 

He said the suspect was found to have the equipment on his boat including transparent bottle containing ammonia fertiliser, two boxes for wooden matches and about 2kg of belais fish believed to be caught using bomb.

The team seized all the items which is estimated to worth about RM2,981.

The case was being investigated under Section 26 (1)(b) of the Fisheries Act 1985. 

Meanwhile, in TAWAU, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) held two local fishermen aged 14 and 31 off Inderasabah waters, Monday, for violating their licence.

District Maritime Zone Deputy Operation Director, Captain Maritime Mohd Yusri Hussin, said both suspects were detained during Ops Pluto Timur and Ops Maharlika II at about 1.15pm and 1.25pm, respectively. 

He said the first suspect was nabbed for his unregistered boat which was later found to have no boat licence, while the second suspect was held for violation of license as the boat was not registered under his name. 

He said the cases were handed over to Port and Harbour Department for further action. 


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