Local vessel seized for fishing in prohibited area off Penang
GEORGE TOWN: A fishing vessel with 100kg of fresh catch on board has been seized by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for allegedly fishing in a prohibited area.
Penang MMEA Director Captain Abd Razak Mohamed said the boat was seized around 10.30pm on Thursday May 19 during an Ops Pertiwi/Ops Benteng patrol which detected a boat suspected of fishing help from trawlers 5.6 nautical miles southeast of Pulau Kendi.
“Inspection of the boat revealed that the B1 class vessel, based in Teluk Bahang, was piloted by three locals aged between 45 and 53, including the captain.
“We also found a 60-year-old Thai national with permanent resident status on board,” he said.
Further checks revealed that the crew of the vessel had committed an offense under Section 8(b) of the Fisheries Act 1985 for breaching their fishing licence.
Captain Abd Razak said the boat and the four crew members, along with their catches, were taken to Batu Uban Marine Police Pier for investigation.
In a separate case, Captain Abd Razak said Penang MMEA also arrested a local Class C boat on Tuesday May 17 for a similar offence.
He urged the fishing community to comply with the Fisheries Act to protect the country’s fisheries resources and also to avoid getting in trouble with the law.