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Eradicating Fish Bombing in Sabah by 2020
by State Government of Sabah Anti Fish Bombing Committee (Government)
Sabahs Anti-Fish Bombing Committee is committed to the long-term protection and sustainability of its precious marine biodiversity through a network of appropriately managed Marine Protected Areas, together with rational management of activities taking place outside the MPA network. Notwithstanding, Sabah faces chronic threats to coastal ecosystems from IUU and destructive fishing, management of which are integral to achieving SDG Goal 14.

The illegal and destructive practice of fish bombing (also known as blast fishing) is a matter of grave and continuing concern in Sabah. In order to address this issue, the State Government of Sabah formed an Anti-Fish Bombing Committee in 2012 with representation from concerned government authorities and NGOs. A symposium was convened in May 2017 to bring stakeholders together in order to report on their activities and to learn about new developments in this field.

The Anti-Fish Bombing Committee wishes to register its voluntary commitment to suppressing fish bombing by 2020, as indicated in UNs SDG 14. This renewed and focused effort will be coordinated by the Anti-Fish Bombing Committee and will achieve its objective by implementing the following approaches:

1. Increased engagement and coordination with local communities to implement initiatives to address the socio-economic root causes of fish bombing;
2. Improved enforcement through the use of new technologies and enhanced capacity;
3. Increased research and development to improve our understanding of the situation and develop innovative approaches to rehabilitate damaged habitats;
4. Increased awareness of the issues surrounding fish bombing and the State Government of Sabahs efforts in this regard to a local, national and regional audience in order to facilitate cooperation and accelerate learning;
5. Improved coordination and management of government agencies and their partners; and
6. Formulation of a state-wide action plan taking into account all the above.

The Anti-Fish Bombing Committee will resolutely pursue the above with the resources available to it and calls on the international community to support this initiative.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
Report on the activities in Sabah through means of videos, action plans, workshop proceedings; Coordinate with trans-national groups engaged in marine environmental security.
Facilitate the implementation of an operational enforcement system to suppress fish bombing in Sabah; In partnership with others, facilitate alternative income generating activities in affected areas; Initiate pilot study in one new territory in collaboration with local partner(s), including legal review and reform, engagement with government authorities and maritime security agencies; Support efforts to raise funding with our partners for large scale roll out of anti-fish bombing system and protocols; Connect with the Coral Triangle Initiative to report progress and advise other members.
Expand the scope of detection of fish bombs to provide significant coverage of Sabahs territorial waters in collaboration with private and NGO stakeholders.
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff and resources from Lembaga Pemegang Amanah Taman-taman Sabah (Sabah Parks), Department of Fisheries, Sabah, Marine Department of Sabah, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Polis DiRaja Malaysia (Marine Police), Sabah Wildlife Department, Royal Ma
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 - 2022
Sabah Parks Authority (Government), Department of Fisheries (Government), Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Government), Polis Di Raja Malaysia, Sabah Wildlife Department, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Immigration Department of Malaysia, WWF Malaysia (NGO), Stop Fish Bombing! (NGO), Marine Conservation Society (NGO), ReefCheck Malaysia (NGO), Green Semporna (NGO), Forever Sabah (NGO), Sipadan Dive Centre (Private Sector), Sipadan Water Village Resort (Private Sector), 118 Journey (Private Sector), Seafest Hotel (Private Sector), Dive Semporna (Private Sector), The Reef Dive Resort & Tours (Private Sector), Seaventures Tours & Travel (Private Sector), Singamata Adventures and Reef Resort (Private Sector), Sipadan Mabul Resort (Private Sector), Adventure Journeyworld Travel (Borneo) (Private Sector), Supremo Travel (Private Sector), Semporna Seasports and Tours (Private Sector), Scubaholics (Private Sector)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Pang Yuk Ming, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment , Jamili.Nais@sabah.gov.my, +60 88 253666
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
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