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Fish bombing: Four held in Lahad Datu
Published on: Saturday, November 18, 2023
By: Azmie Lim
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Fish bombing: Four held in Lahad Datu
Inspections found the boats to be committing offences under Section 26 of the Fisheries Act 1985.
LAHAD DATU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) foiled fish-bombing activities by two pump boats off Pantai Bangingod waters, here, on Thursday.

Lahad Datu Maritime Zone Director, Maritime Commander Nik Mohd Rizam Nik Mohd Fauzi, said a patrol craft spotted the two pump boats following a public tip-off at 1.40pm.

He said inspections found the boats to be committing offences under Section 26 of the Fisheries Act 1985.

“The boats’ crew - four Filipino aged between 18 and 35 - were also found not having valid identification documents as well as licence and registration number,” he said.

He added that two engines, fishing nets, five fishes believed caught using bomb and a bottle of fish bomb were seized.

He reminded the maritime community, especially in Sabah, against fish bombing as it not only violates the law but also will cause a negative impact on the aquatic ecosystem and endanger lives as well as diving activities.

He urged the public to cooperate by reporting any case or activities that violate the law to Maritime Malaysia at 089-885727 (Lahad Datu Operation Centre) or MERS999.

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