The Penang State Maritime has detained two local fishing boats (BNT) class A for carrying out illegal fishing activities at positions 1.3 and 1.4 nautical miles northwest of Tanjung Dawai.
Penang State Maritime Director, Maritime Captain Hamizan bin Harun said, the two boats were detained while fishing and the results of the inspection found four individuals aged between 35 to 52 years old on an unnumbered boat believed to have committed an offense under Section 8 (a ) Fisheries Act 1985 for fishing activities without a valid license.
“The two unnumbered boats along with two units of pusong swamp traps, 80 kg of mixed fish, two tekong and two crews were detained and taken to the Batu Uban Marine Police Force Jetty to be handed over to the Penang MN Investigating Officer,” he said.
The swamp trawl is banned for use because apart from being illegal, this swamp trawler boat activity also threatens the reproduction of marine life and affects the source of income of coastal fishermen.
Conviction can be fined up to RM20,000.00 or two years imprisonment or both and the boat can be deprived of rights
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