MMEA S’wak detains Vietnamese, Indonesian fishing vessels off Tanjung Po

The Vietnam fishing vessel crew (left) and Indonesian fishing vessel crew (right) detained by MMEA Sarawak for encroaching Malaysian waters and carrying out fishing activities.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 9: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sarawak has detained Vietnamese and Indonesian fishing vessels off Tanjung Po for fishing without permits.

In a statement today, MMEA Sarawak director First Maritime Admiral Kamal Ariffin Jusoh said the first vessel, the Vietnamese vessel, was stopped by KM Tun Fatimah during their patrol at about 113 nautical miles north of Tanjung Po at 10.30pm on March 7.

According to him, three Vietnamese crew members, including the skipper, who was between 40 and 44 years old, were found to be without valid identification documentation.

The Vietnam fishing vessel (left) and the Indonesian fishing vessel (right).

On the same note, Kamal said the second boat was also stopped by KM Tun Fatimah at 4.10am on March 8, 82 nautical miles north of Tanjung Po.

He also said that upon inspection, four crew members and a skipper, aged 30 to 43, were without valid identification documentation.

“Both vessels, along with the catch worth more than RM3 million and crew members, were arrested and taken to Tun Abang Salahuddin Maritime Complex Jetty (KOMTAS) for further action.

The cases are being investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985 and Section 15(1)(a) for trespassing and carrying out fishing activities in Malaysian waters without permission. — DayakDaily