Any form of fishing around waters off Sipadan near Semporna is banned, as it is a protected area. Those fishing using light fishing equipment such as nets or ‘bubu’ will also not be spared.
District Police Chief DSP Abdul Latif Ibrahim was responding to a report about photographic evidence of fishermen carrying out their activities in the said waters. The picture showed a vessel laying traps with Sipadan island in the background. He said those involved in the activity are liable under Section 11(3) of the Fisheries Act. The marine police are monitoring the waters around Sipadan for any form of activities including fish-bombing.