Photo of the intercepted fishing vessel.

BINTULU (September 25): The Malaysian Maritime Law Enforcement Agency (MMEA) yesterday intercepted a local fishing vessel for allegedly fishing beyond its authorized area.

Captain Mohd Khairol Anuar Saad, director of MMEA Bintulu, said the C-class boat was spotted 5.34 nautical miles from Kuala Tatau here around 5 p.m. by an MMEA vessel patrolling coastal areas.

“The skipper and crew, aged between 26 and 51, were arrested for further investigation. Along with the boat, trawling gear and a variety of fish weighing 200 kg were seized,” it said. -he declares.

He added that it was the fourth fishing vessel detained this month by the MMEA for carrying out fishing activities beyond the authorized area.

The case is being investigated under section 8(b) of the Fisheries Act 1985 for breach of license conditions which includes compounding and revocation of license if convicted.

Mohd Khairol reminded the maritime community to always abide by rules and laws, adding that any information on suspicious or illegal activities or emergencies at sea can be forwarded to MMEA Bintulu (086-314 254), Maritime Operations Center (082-432544) or MERS 999.