MMEA detains foreign fishermen in Terengganu waters
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.