Putrajaya hands Sabah full authority over deep-sea fishing

The national government today formally gave over the capacity to Sabah for the endorsement and issuance of remote ocean fishing licenses.

Horticulture and food enterprises serve Ronald Kiandee introduced the strengthening letter to state agribusiness and fisheries serve Jeffrey Kitingan here.

The giving over function was seen by boss clergyman Hajiji Noor, and Sabah and Sarawak issues serve Maximus Ongkili.

Kiandee said beforehand, the vessel and fishing hardware licenses in Sabah were endorsed by the fisheries office chief general.

During the time spent returning independence over remote ocean fishing to Sabah and Sarawak, he said the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) exceptional chamber had consented to decline this power to the fisheries chiefs in the two states. This choice was reached at a gathering led by the state leader on Oct 18.

This authority includes the issuance of Class C2 grants for remote ocean fishing vessels working past 30 nautical miles from the shore.

“I trust this common choice will benefit both the administrative and state legislatures, especially in the administration of fishery assets, marine security and global relations,” Kiandee said.

“I trust this drive by the public authority, through this devolution of abilities, will secure Sabah’s inclinations.”

Kiandee said the fisheries area can possibly be grown further in the state, adding it had 30,486 anglers landing 206,704 tons of catch, esteemed over RM1.2 billion, every year.

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