PULAU REDANG – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will set up forward operating bases in resort islands to swiftly act against foreign fishing boats for encroaching during the Monsoon season.
Its Eastern Region enforcement chief, Datuk Nasir Adam said among the islands identified for the forward operating bases were Pulau Tioman and Pulau Tenggol (Pahang) and Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian (Terengganu).
“We are preparing the necessary equipment such as boats for use in coastal areas. Eight members will be placed in every forward operating base with one boat to carry out their operation,” he told Bernama here, today.
The forward operating bases will also enable the local population to lodge complaints and channel information on encroachment by foreign fishermen to the authorities.
Foreign fishing boats usually make the resort islands in the South China Sea as shelter during the Monsoon season and also take the opportunity to fish in Malaysian waters.
Nasir said the MMEA will continue to tighten control and monitoring of resort islands to check encroachment by foreign fishing boats.
More than 100 foreign fishing boats from Thailand and Vietnam were detained for encroachment in the South China Sea from Jan to Oct this year. – BERNAMA