Sunday, November 17

Fishermen who abandon fishing nets to face stern action

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PONTIAN: Fishermen who are found to intentionally leave behind their fishing nets in the sea and become ghost nets will face stern actions, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub.

He said the irresponsible act of some fishermen could disturb and kill marine life.

“Ghost nets is not a new issue.

“Those who are found to violate the terms (of fishing), will face legal actions.

“I will use my discretion and existing regulations, but for repeat offenders, there is no forgiveness,” he told reporters after attending a session with fishermen at Kampung Sungai Chengkeh, some 35 minutes
away from Pontian town yesterday.

Ghost nets refer to fishing nets that have been abandoned or lost in the sea where it can post a threat to marine life including coral which will eventually destroy fishery resources. — Bernama