MALAYSIA: MMEA VIEWS SERIOUSLY CLAIMS OF DESTROYED ‘UNJAM’ BY FOREIGN FISHERMEN

PASIR PUTEH, Kelantan state, Malaysia — The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) views seriously claims that Vietnamese fishermen had caused damage to local fishermen’s nets.

Kelantan state MMEA director Captain Nurul Hizam Zakaria said most of the local fishermen who used the services of foreign fishermen as crew members were in the C2 Class, which allows use boats up to a distance of 30 nautical miles from the coast.

However, the foreign fishermen were found to also use the same boats in the Zone A area limited to that 8 nautical miles from the shoreline. This area is specifically for inshore fishermen.

Following encroachment incidents, we will step up enforcement operations, he said in a statement uploaded via the WhatsApp application here yesterday.

Nurul Hizam said this when commenting on the claims of 200 inshore fishermen at the Tanjong Kuala jetty, near Pantai Sabak, in Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Bharu that Vietnamese fishermen encroached their fishing zone using C Class boats until resulting in damage to their nets.

He said throughout this year, 16 local C2 Class fishing boats had been seized by the agency for numerous offences as well as 25 Vietnamese fishing boats for intruding into Malaysian waters.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK