MMEA seizes fishing boat, engines and catch worth RM500,000 at Miri waters

The seized fishing trawler.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Oct 2: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has seized a fishing boat from Sabah and detained 10 crew members, including eight Filipinos, for trawling illegally at Miri waters yesterday.

Miri MMEA enforcement chief, Capt Mohd Fauzi Othman, said the boat crew were detained at about 88.1 nautical miles off Sungai Miri for suspected offences under the Fisheries Act 1985 and Immigration Act 1959/63.

“MMEA intercepted and seized a fishing trawler from Sabah, which included fisheries product weighing about two tonnes. Also seized were five dinghies and six outboard 15 horse power engines.

“Eight of the crews are Filipinos and two Sabahans, aged between 18 and 75 years old,” he said.

Further checks revealed that the foreigners did not have any valid documents or working permits, he continued. — DayakDaily