Marine Police arrest Vietnamese fishermen in Johor waters, gear worth RM1.6m seized | Malaysia
MERSING, May 17 ― Region 2 Marine Police arrested a group of Vietnamese fishermen and seized a trawler, fishing gear and catch worth a total of RM1.6 million after they were found fishing fishing illegally in eastern waters of Johor.
The suspects were arrested 8.3 nautical miles from Pulau Pemanggil, near the waters off Mersing yesterday.
Region 2 Marine Police Deputy Commander Deputy Commissioner Muhd Zailani Abdullah said the suspects consisted of a captain and three crew members aged between 24 and 40.
He said an inspection on board the trawler revealed that the Vietnamese fishermen did not have valid documents or fishing permits.
“The Marine Police team also confiscated the equipment used for squid fishing along with their catches which were loaded into several barrels.
“The value of the seizure is estimated at around RM1.6 million,” Muhd Zailani said in a statement.
Muhd Zailani said the arrests and seized items were taken to Region Two Marine Police Tactical Base in Mersing for further action.
He said police would investigate the case under the Fisheries Act 1985, the Immigration Act 1959/63 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
The open coast of Johor is known to have vast porous borders with unrestricted access to the sea and has been used by foreigners to engage in illegal activities.