KOTA KINABALU – The Kota Kinabalu Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized a local fishing boat suspected to be involved in fish bombing activities in the waters off Pulau Sepanggar yesterday.
Kota Kinabalu Maritime director First Admiral Adam Aziz said the boat was detected at around 9.40am when it was located 0.2 nautical miles from Pulau Sepanggar.
“As the patrol boat came near, the boat operator acted aggressively and sped off. After a short chase the boat was detained at 10am but the suspects in the boat had escaped by jumping into the sea,” he said in a statement here today adding that fish weighing about 10kg, believed to have been caught using fish bombs were seized from the boat.
“The boat was then taken to the MMEA jetty for further investigations,” he said.
According to Adam, the agency views fishing activities using bombs seriously and continuous operations would be carried out to curb such activities.
“As such we urge the maritime community, especially those in Kota Kinabalu, to provide information to ensure our waters are free from criminal activities involving fish bombing,” he said.