306 seized foreign boats to become artificial reefs

The 306 unfamiliar vessels discarded and sunk by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for illicit fishing in Malaysian waters since 2007 will bring new life as counterfeit reefs and fish favorable places in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.

MMEA appointee chief general (tasks) Kamaruszaman Abu Hassan said the majority of the seizures included Vietnamese anglers who infringed into Malaysian waters in those states.The boats, which were worth RM459 million after relinquishment by the courts, will presently fill in as counterfeit reefs and fish generating grounds that will help seaside anglers,” he told correspondents at a boat removal program in Pulau Susu Dara waters around 10 nautical miles from Muara Tok Bali here today.

The reef areas will become asylums and wellsprings of nourishment for marine life, he added.

Three boats worth RM4.5 million that were sunk as a component of the present occasions were kept by the Pahang MMEA for unlawful fishing in 2019.

Kamaruszaman said Pahang MMEA would sink one more three boats off the waters of Pulau Tioman after the court permits the relinquishment application.

He said Pahang MMEA would work with the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center to guarantee that the area was reasonable and that the interaction would not influence marine biodiversity nearby.

“The regions included will turn into the most up to date areas for marine environments and as an approach to moderate biodiversity. They will become safe-havens and wellsprings of nourishment for marine life,” he said.

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