Sabah Parks To Intensify Aerial Surveillance To Combat Fish Bombing

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parks, with the cooperation from Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) Air Operation Force, will intensify aerial surveillance to combat fish bombing activity in the waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TTAR).

Sabah Parks principal assistant director (Management and Operation Division) Maipol Spait said aerial surveillance has been seen to be effective in ensuring that no intrusion and fish bombing activities occur in the area.

“Yesterday, we received a complaint about a fish bombing activity occurring in TTAR area and we reported it to the marine police and they managed to apprehend the suspect,” he told Bernama after joining Sabah PDRM air wing unit for the aerial surveillance at the TTAR area, near here today.

The TTAR covers five islands that are popular among the tourists and accessible by a 20-minute boat ride.

With a total area of 4,929 hectares, the islands of Gaya and Sapi were gazetted as TTAR, taking on the name of the First Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj in 1974, while the islands of Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug, in 1979.

Meanwhile, Maipol said Sabah Parks also planned to expand the aerial surveillance to its other areas, with the aim to curb encroachment of its land.