New patrol boat for fisheries department

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OYA: The state Marine Fisheries Department will have a new patrol boat next year.

Its director Bohari Leng said it is capable of intercepting fishing trawlers, especially illegal foreign fishermen.

He added the jetty would also be upgraded to accommodate the new boat.

“With the new boat, the department will continue to cooperate with other enforcement agencies such as Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA),” he said during a programme at Pekan Sabtu Oya here on Saturday (Sept 25).

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, who is also Dalat assemblywoman, officiated at the event.

Bohari also announced the RM150 million loan allocated by the federal government for fishermen.

According to him, fishermen can apply for the loan to upgrade their boats or build new ones, or buy new equipment. Further details can be obtained from the department’s office.

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