Malaysian Crackdown on Illegal Fishing Highlights the Need for Greater Regional Co-operation

In the last month a number of fishing vessels have been detained by Malaysian authorities, following the establishment of an integrated task force targeting illegal fishing in Malaysian waters. By the end of May, 496 boats had been inspected and 41 Vietnamese fishing boats detained. Assets worth 45 million ringgit ($15 million) had also been seized. The crackdown illustrates Malaysia’s ongoing struggle to tackle illegal fishing in its waters, particularly by Vietnamese trawlers. According to the Director-General of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Zulfiki Abu Bakar, illegal fishing by Vietnamese trawlers costs Malaysia RM6 billion ($2 billion) each year.
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Suspected illegal fishing vessel, image via US Navy.
Suspected illegal fishing vessel, image via US Navy.

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