Scmp: Malaysia’s coastguard on Saturday said that six Chinese fishing vessels had been detained along with five dozen crew members, all Chinese nationals, for illegally encroaching into Malaysian waters off the southern coast of Johor state.
 The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said the vessels, sailing in two groups of three, were spotted on Friday morning just south of Tanjung Setapa in Johor.
 “An investigation revealed that all vessels are registered in Qinhuangdao, China and operated by six skippers and 54 crew, all Chinese nationals aged between 31 and 60 who failed to furnish any permit from the Malaysia Maritime Department,” MMEA regional director Mohamad Zulfadli bin Nayan said in a statement.
 The MMEA said the vessels had no cargo when stopped and were heading to Mauritania to fish but had to anchor because of some malfunction.
Zulfadli said the vessels were being investigated under the Fisheries Act for failing to notify the state that they were entering its territorial waters, and under the Merchant Shipping Ordinance for anchoring without a permit.
The penalties can carry a maximum fine of 6 million ringgit (US$1.45 million) for each skipper and 600,000 ringgit for each crew member and as much as two years jail time.