By Christopher Lidom
KUCHING, Jan 29: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has arrested two local fishermen near Kabong waters after they were found to have allegedly violated their Class A fishing license, yesterday.
According to MMEA Tanjung Manis director Mohd Ariz Md Kassim in a press statement, the illegal activity conducted by both fisherman was detected by MMEA asset during “Ops Permai” patrol near the coast of Kampung Alit in Kabong waters, at 12.56 pm
“The fishing vessel was found to have been fishing using a trawler in Zone A, which is an unauthorised zone, and the two fisherman onboard, aged 25 and 52 years, together with the fishing vessel and its assortment of catches, were later escorted to a passenger jetty in Tanjung Manis for further investigation,” he said.
Mohd Ariz noted the case is being investigated under Section 8 (b) of Fisheries Act 1985, for violating the legal condition of the license by fishing using a trawler.
He said MMEA Tanjung Manis has previously reminded the fishing community to not violate their legal condition for the Class A license by fishing using trawlers in an unauthorised zone.
“The public are also encouraged to contact the MMEA Tanjung Manis zone operation centre if they come upon any suspicious activities or an emergency at 084613292, and 082-432544 or contact MERS 999,” he added. — DayakDaily