Vietnamese Boat, Seven Crew Held For Illegal Fishing In Labuan

All the eight Vietnamese fishermen who were caught for illegal fishing to be surrendered to Immigration Department for further questioning. – Photos courtesy of Marine Police Labuan

LABUAN: Labuan Marine police have arrested eight Vietnamese fishermen including their skipper in a crackdown on foreign vessels fishing illegally in Labuan waters on Wednesday (Nov 21).

Sabah marine police (Regional 4) commander ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali said the Vietnamese fishing vessel was spotted in Beting Iris waters approximately 7.75 nautical miles off the coast of Tanjung Kubong in an operation codenamed Operasi Gelora Khas at about 5.30pm.

The arrested fishermen aged between 23 to 59 years-old failed to show proper licenses and valid travel documentation and the boat was towed back to Labuan marine jetty.

Two of the eight Vietnamese fishermen who were caught for illegal fishing being questioned by Labuan marine police personnel.

“We seized the estimated worth of RM350, 000 fishing boat and the RM10, 000 worth of fishing net… the Vietnamese will be surrendered to Immigration for questioning,” he said to Bernama when contacted.

The Vietnamese boat that was caught fishing illegally in Labuan waters on Wednesday evening.

Mohamad Pajeri said the seizure is part of a major crackdown by the Marine police on encroachment and/or illegal fishing by foreigners.

The case is being investigated under Fisheries Act 1985 and Immigration Act 1959/63.