LABUAN: A Vietnamese fishing vessel with five crew members who allegedly encroached the waters of Labuan for illegal fishing was detained by Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Saturday afternoon.
The vessel and the five Vietnamese crew including the skipper were being detained for further investigations under the Fisheries Act 1985 and Immigration Act 1959/63.
MME Labuan director Commander Nor Bakari Abu Bakar said the vessel, registered under the name of One United as a cargo vessel was found to have carried out fishing activities illegally without license.
“It was on a public tip-off when we detained them at 2.30pm, as they were busy loading the fish onto the vessel off 23.4 nautical miles from the northwest of Kuraman Island,” he said in a statement today.
All the detainees are aged between 22 and 35 years old and had undergone swab test by the Labuan Health Department’s officials.