Kuala Perlis MMEA nab five illegal fishermen
Last Update: 13/07/2019
KUALA PERLIS, July 13 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) of Kuala Perlis have detained a boat with a local skipper and four Thai crew using a drift net to fish in Kuala Sungai Baru here, today at 2.15 am.
Its director Maritime commander, Nurulazme Zakariah said that the boat was not registered, had no valid licence under the Fisheries Act 1985 and had no permit to use foreign workers under the Immigrant Act 1959,1963.
‘’The Thai crew, who did not have foreign workers’ permits, and the boat were taken to the Kuala Perlis Maritime Zone Jetty for further investigation,’’ said Nurulazme in a statement to the media here today.
He said that all the fishermen, aged 21 to 36 years, were detained by an MMEA team on a routine patrol in the waters 2.3 nautical miles south west of Kuala Sungai Baru.
He also urged local residents especially fishermen to report suspicious activities to MMEA to check smugglings or illegal fishings in the national territorial waters.
The Kuala Perlis MMEA Maritime Zone could be contacted via a 24-hour line, namely, MERS 999 and the Operations Centre via telephone numbers 04-9851072 and 04-9851162.