21 Vietnamese held for illegal fishing in Terengganu

11-Jul-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The state Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained 21 Vietnamese crew members and seized two fishing vessels in an operation to curb illegal fishing in Malaysian waters.

Terengganu MMEA chief Maritime Captain Rahim Ramli said those nabbed were aged between 18 and 60. None of them possessed valid travel documents.

He said the seizures, comprising of the catch, equipment and fishing vessels, are worth about RM2.4 million.

Rahim said the suspects were detained at 33 and 39 nautical miles off the state waters between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Saturday.

“The two vessels attempted to escape but we were able to intercept them after a short chase.” he said.



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