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Fishery industry loses RM1 billion annually to illegal fishing
KUALA LUMPUR: The country's fishery industry lost around RM1 billion annually to illegal fishing by foreign fishermen in Malaysian waters, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom.
He said although the exact loss could not be ascertained, the amount mentioned was based on records and observation by the Fishery Department, as well as reports from local fishermen.
"To overcome the problem of encroachment by foreign fishermen, the government has been intensifying sea and aerial surveillance involving various enforcement agencies like the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Royal Malaysian Navy, Royal Malaysian Air Force, police and Fishery Department," he added in reply to a question from Datuk Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin) in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Mohd Johari said besides joint operations four time a year involving these agencies, the ministry also collaborated with companies operating the oil production platforms as well as local fishermen for information on encroachment of Malaysian waters by foreign fishermen.
To Ahmad's question on actions taken by the Department of Marine Parks to protect gazetted islands, he said the actions included enforcement action on fishing boats found encroaching the marine park waters and prohibiting destructive methods of fishing.
To protect these islands, the department also carried out community programmes such as the "Green Fins" in Pulau Payar, Kedah and forming a network of environment-friendly scuba-diving operators and scuba divers. -- BERNAMA
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