The coast of Malaysian Borneo is renowned for its coral reefs and world class diving. But because of plummeting fish stocks, local fishermen desperate for a catch are resorting to dangerous and illegal strategies – even using explosives.
The flat, hot calm of an afternoon on the Philippine Sea is broken by an ear-splitting explosion. A plume of water rockets upwards. And fishermen, who had thrown a homemade explosive into the ocean just seconds before, rush to scoop up stunned and dying fish.
KUCHING: Tougher, harsher and mandatory sentences for environment-related offences are making their way through the legal system; that could send a person to jail for even discarding litter out of the car window.