The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained seven local tourists on suspicion of using air rifles to shoot fish in the Pulau Tenggol Marine Park area Sunday.
Terengganu Maritime Enforcement Chief, Captain Adam Abdul Aziz said those detained, including two women, were aged between 51 and 67, from Ipoh, Perak.
“We detained them at about 1pm on the beach at the island after finding four air rifles on the boat they were using. In addition, the boat did not display a licence number,” he said.
He said the tourists had been on the island since Friday and were believed to be shooting fish at the Marine Park yesterday.
He said that under Section 44 of the Fisheries Act 1985, carrying weapons such as air rifles, spears and so on to catch fish in the sea was prohibited.
He said that all the tourists were later released on police bail and were still on Pulau Tenggol, while their boat had been towed to the MMEA jetty, here for further investigation.