Vietnamese vessels caught for illegal fishing in Brunei waters

Hakim Hayat

Two Vietnamese fishing vessels conducting illegal fishing in two separate locations in Brunei waters were seized by the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) during a routine surveillance recently.

According to the Commanding Officer of Marine Police Superintendent Haji Azree bin Haji Abdul Manaf/Munap, both ships were escorted by RBN to the Muara Port and handed over to them. Twenty-seven Vietnamese nationals aged between 15-51 were questioned. Police also found evidence of fishing gear and their catches believed to be made in the Brunei waters.

The case is being investigated under Section 17 (1) of the Fishing Order 2009 where if convicted, the ship’s captain can be fined not more than BND100,000 or five years’ imprisonment or both. Crew members also face a BND2,500 fine or a year in jail or both.

Police said they welcome any tip-offs or information on suspicious activities in Brunei waters.

The two Vietnamese fishing vessels seized by the Royal Brunei Navy. PHOTO: RBPF