MMEA de­tains for­eign fish­er­men in Tereng­ganu wa­ters

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA TERENG­GANU: Two groups of for­eign fish­er­men were caught har­vest­ing marine life in wa­ters around Kuala Tereng­ganu.

Kapt Rahim Ramli, who is the Tereng­ganu di­rec­tor of the Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency, said the first ar­rest was made at 12.52am on Wed­nes­day when his team caught a group of 13 for­eign­ers about 100 nau­ti­cal miles away from Kuala Tereng­ganu.

“We be­lieve they’d al­ready spent about two days at sea. We found about 500kg of fish on board,” he said.

As they pulled the boat to the Mar­itime Dis­rict 9 base in Kuala Tereng­ganu, MMEA came across a smaller boat, bear­ing a lo­cal regis­tra­tion num­ber, about 30 nau­ti­cal miles from Kuala Tereng­ganu.

When they boarded the boat, they found five for­eign crew­men and equip­ment for har­vest­ing sea cu­cum­ber, but no sign of their “loot”.

It is be­lieved that their harvest was meant for the tra­di­tional medicine mar­ket.

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