Foreign fishing vessel, crew detained for suspected illegal fishing

Photo shows the fishing vessel detained by the MMEA.

MIRI: A Vietnamese fishing vessel and its crew of 10 Vietnamese citizens have been detained for suspected illegal fishing in Malaysian waters.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Miri chief Mohamad Fauzi Othman said the vessel was detained some 95.2 nautical miles from Kuala Bakam at about 4.25am Wednesday (Aug 15) in the Ops Permai conducted in the waters off Miri.

“At about 4am, the patrol vessel detected a fishing vessel at a distance of about two nautical miles from the maritime patrol vessel in suspicious condition,” he said in a statement today.

“At about 4.25am, patrol vessel approaches the fishing vessel bearing registration number B 91296 TS at a distance of approximately 95.2 nautical miles from Kuala Bakam.

“Upon inspection, the fishing vessel is a foreign fishing vessel from Vietnam suspected of having been fishing in Malaysian waters without permission from the Department of Fisheries Malaysia,” he added.

Mohamad Fauzi revealed all the Vietnamese crew members in the fishing vessel, aged between 16 and 52, failed to produce valid identification documents.

“The 200 kilogrammes of marine catch was seized and the total value of the seizure is worth approximately RM200,000,” he added.

The fishing vessel along with 10 crew members was detained to assist further in the investigation of the case under the Fisheries Act 1985.

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