KUCHING,(May 9)– The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) of Sarawak has detained a foreign fishing ship with nine Thai crew members for fishing illegally in the state’s waters, about 75 miles from Tanjung Sirik near here on yesterday.
Following the arrest, MMEA also discovered the foreign fishing boat’s tactic in using a false registration number which appeared similar to the local fishing boats’ registration.
According to Sarawak MMEA enforcement head, First Admiral (Maritime) Ismail Bujang Pit, one of the fishing boats was painted blue with the registration ‘SF2 3619’ which is the registration number for ships registered in Sibu division.
“However after being referred to the Fisheries Department, the registration number was not found in the system.
“This is a tactic to avoid detection by the authorities to fish illegally in Malaysian waters,” Ismail told reporters at the Tun Abang Salahuddin Maritime Complex (KOMTAS) jetty in Muara Tebas near here today.
According to Ismail, in an MMEA patrol from May 6 to 8, KM Bijak headed Lieutenant Commander Aidel Adzhar suspected a ship maybe foreign and proceeded to intercept it for inspection.– BERNAMA