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Artificial reefs in Sabah curb destructive gill net fishing

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Artificial reefs in Sabah curb destructive gill net fishing

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:11 pm

ARTIFICIAL reefs placed at various locations off Sabah’s coast serve a dual purpose, said Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries Datuk Bobbey Suan.

He said the reefs made from concrete blocks not only served as a habitat for marine life but also aimed at preventing illegal fishing activities using gill nets at designated areas.

Replying to Datuk Samsuddin Yahya (BN-Sekong), he said the number of gill net fishing declined from 212 in 2009 with compounds totalling RM97,000, to 133 cases with compounds amounting to RM42,300 in the first 10 months of this year.

He said the reduction was was due to concerted efforts by enforcement agencies including the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Marine Police and Fisheries Department.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Nasrun Datu Mansor said various laws providing for stiffer penalties such as whipping for those entering the country illegally was aimed at reducing the problem in the state.

Replying to Datuk Louis Rampas (Kiulu), he said entry points at Sabah’s east coast areas were also being closely monitored to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants.

He said a total of 11,608 illegal immigrants were deported to their countries from Sabah last year. They included 8,510 Filipino nationals and 2,810 Indonesians.

Nasrun said 11,310 illegal immigrants —including 7,311 Filipino nationals and 3,856 Indonesians - were deported from Sabah in the first 10 months of the year.

During the same period, he said authorities detained 16,359 foreigners for illegal stay.

Assistant Minister of Community Deve lopment and Consumer Affairs Datuk Herbert Timbun Lagadan said that 146 youths, aged between 18 and 21, underwent community service in Sabah over the past three years after being convicted of various offences.

Replying to Abdul Muis Picho (BN-Sebatik), he said the offences related to drugs and property crimes.
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