SEMPORNA - Marine police seized about 200kg of fish, worth RM1,450 (S$565), at a wet market here on Sunday.
Sabah marine commander ACP Mohammad Madun said the fish was believed to have been caught using explosives.
"The Op Cantas Khas with the district Fisheries Department aims to prevent fishmongers from selling fish that had been 'bombed' to consumers. The public and the community living along the coastline, especially here, can provide information on fish bombing activities to the marine police."
Most of the vendors escaped during the operation which involved 17 marine police and four fisheries officers.
Fish "bombing" is destructive to the coral reef ecosystem as it destroys the surrounding habitat.
Mohammad said they would work with the Fisheries Department to tackle such activities in Sabah waters.