Tracking systems for fishing boats KUALA LUMPUR
To check illegal fishing, which costs Malaysia about RM1 billion in losses a year, the country’s 900-odd deep-sea fishing vessels will be required to install tracking transponder systems from next year.
The “Vessel Tracking Monitoring System” will enable maritime authorities to locate, identify and monitor the activities of fishermen authorised to fish in designated waters.
The system costs about RM20,000 a set.
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Shariff Omar said today that unregulated and illegal fishing affected not only the livelihood of local fishermen but also conservation of marine resources and biodiversity.
From 1999 to 2003, 13,687 local fishermen were arrested and 4,360 vessels seized for illegal fishing. During the same period, 4,235 foreigners were arrested and 448 vessels seized.
Shariff said this at a Press conference after opening the five-day Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop at the Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel in Jalan Sultan