KUALA TERENGGANU: Fisheries enforcement authorities have been urged to emulate Indonesia's method of tackling the problem of foreign fishing boats encroaching national waters. "This allows the foreign operators to (resume) their illegal activities using (new) crew and to continue encroaching an exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Yassim added that authorities should also be strict on the employment of foreign fishing crew by local fishermen, as there is the great potential of them breaking the conditions of their license and selling their catch to foreign fishing vessels at sea. He said foreign crew members are a serious threat to the livelihood of local fishermen because they tend to repeat their offence despite being arrested many times. He added that the authorities should also look out for “cloned” registrations used by foreign fishing vessels to escape detection.
Source: New Strait Times November 14, 2017 10:41 UTC