PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) from the Kuala Kurau Base today nabbed two 'kenka' trawler boats for illegal fishing.
MMEA Kuala Kurau deputy director (operations) Maritime Lieutenant Safril Aza Mustapa said the two boats were caught fishing in a prohibited marea, less than two nautical miles from the Kuala Kurau shore.
Safril Aza said he was on board the MMEA aircraft to monitor the waters of Sanggar Besar and Kuala Kurau when he noticed a suspicious-looking boat at 10.30am.
"I instructed our patrol team to the location to intercept and arrest the boats. One of the boats, under the registration number PKFA 1904, was believed to have been in an area less than one nautical mile from the Kuala Kurau beach.
"Our checks showed that boat has complete documents and licence but its partner, PKFB 1171, escaped.
"MMEA patrol boat chief then ordered the PKFA 1904 operator to contact PKFB 1171 to immediately report at the MMEA patrol location for inspection," he said in a statement, today.
The PKFB 1171 boat later presented itself at 11am.
Both boats were arrested under Fishery Act 1985 for violating the conditions of the vessel license for conducting fishing activities less than five nautical miles.
The boats were escorted to the MMEA jetty to be handed over to the investigation unit for further action.
All 50kg seized items have been auctioned off, while the crew were released on police bond.