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Skippers Jump Ship, Abandon 200kg Of Illegal Catch

KOTA KINABALU: Maritime authorities seized some 200kg of fish believed to be caught using explosives in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, not far from here, early Wednesday.

Kota Kinabalu Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency director Maritime First Admiral Adam Aziz said the fish was seized from two pump boats that were abandoned following a chase near Pulau Gaya at about 12.40am.

“Our men were on patrol at the area and saw two pump boats,” he said in a statement here.

“When they headed towards the boats, the skippers sped off and jumped into the sea before escaping into the mangrove areas,” he said.

A check on the two pump boats led to the discovery of the various types of fish and equipment believed used in fish bombing.

Admiral Adam said the authorities regard incidents of fish bombing seriously because it not only endangers the lives of fishermen and those nearby, it is also destructive to the environment and marine ecosystem.

“There are divers carrying out night dives at these sites and such activities pose a threat to them as well,” he said.

He warned fishermen not to resort to such tactics in their bid for an easy catch.

The Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park is a 50 sq km national park gazetted in 1974 to protect fauna, flora, and marine eco-systems.-thestar

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