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RM164,500 fish seized in Labuan
Published on: Thursday, October 10, 2019
By: Iffah Dilaney

LABUAN: Marine police arrested six Indonesians for illegal fishing in the waters near Jahat Shoal, here, Tuesday.

The 35-year-old skipper and five crewmen, aged between 28 and 35, were detained and their trawler seized along with 500kg of catch, all worth an estimated RM164,500.

Sabah (Region Four) Marine Police Chief, Commander ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali, said the Indonesian vessel was intercepted during the “Op Gelora” around 4.15pm while they were fishing about 17 nautical miles off Tanjung Kubong north of Labuan. 

“They were found committing an offence under Section 8(b) of the Fisheries Act 1985 for violating the licence conditions of using fishing nets below 38mm.

“We seized their fishing vessel with the engine, fishing equipment and marine catch, while the fishermen (all with valid travel documents) are still being detained,” he said in a statement Wednesday.  

The case was handed over to the Labuan Fisheries Department for further action. 

Pajeri added that his department would continue and improve operations from time to time to ensure that illegal activities can be eradicated. 

Meanwhile, in SEMPORNA, marine police arrested two Palauh men (sea gypsies) and seized 40kg of suspected bombed fish worth RM5,210 from a pump boat, here, Wednesday.

Pajeri said the two including the captain, in their 40s, were detained during “Op Pensura.”

He said a team intercepted the single-engine pump boat following tip-off and days of monitoring by the Marine Intelligent Unit on pump boats involved in fish bombing activity.

Mohamad Pajeri said upon further inspection, the team discovered various types of fish in the boat’s compartment believed to have been bombed.

He said the suspects and the confiscated assets were brought to the Semporna PPM operation headquarters for further action. The case would be investigated under Section 26(1)(c) of the Fisheries Act 1985, which provides a maximum fine of RM20,000 and a maximum jail of two years, upon conviction.



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