GEORGE TOWN, Oct 26 – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) District 2 Penang Maritime arrested five Indonesian fishermen who invade the waters of this state at a distance of 43 nautical miles south of Pulau Kendi near here, yesterday. Chief Maritime Enforcement Captain, Kamaruszaman Abu Hassan said the skipper and four crew members between the ages of 20s and 40s were arrested when members patrol at 12 noon.

“They were then taken to the Batu Maung jetty dock and all fishing equipment, boats and haul 700 pounds of various types were seized,” he said in a statement here today. He said these foreign fishermen detained for investigation under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Fisheries Act 1985, which allocated a maximum fine of RM1 million for the skipper and RM100,000 for each crew, if convicted.

Meanwhile, another boat Zone B arrested for violating the terms of trawl fishing in the 5.5 nautical miles west of Pulau Kendi, 12.45pm yesterday. Kamaruszaman said the skipper and two crew boat were arrested for investigation of the offense conduct fishing activities about eight nautical miles from shore. He said the boat was towed to Pier Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia Batu Maung, while a total of 200 pounds of fish and 150 pounds of fish plus a steel sword.

Credit : BH Online

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