Sunday, 19 September 2010

Maritime lookout post needed in Pulau Betong

Located about 1 kilometer from the small fishing village of Pulau Betong, Penang, a container was converted into a lookout post many years ago by the Fisheries Dept. The purpose of this lookout post was to assist the Fisheries officers curb commercial trawlers encroaching near the shores.

Pulau Betong inshore fishermen chairman, Tan Ah Kee recalled Fisheries Dept even had a speed boat nearby to catch the "ghost" trawlers when they receive a report from the inshore fishermen.

Tan said even those days (about 20 years ago), commercial trawlers had started to encroach into their fishing grounds. He insisted Fisheries or Maritime should use back the old container office here in Pulau Betong as a service center to cater for complaints and feedbacks from fishermen. Furthermore, their response time will definitely improve tremendously as they are nearer to the problem.

Video by Jimmy Leow, Citizen Journalist

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