Fishermen held at gunpoint were ordered to pay $3,000 or surrender their licences after their vessels were yesterday intercepted by a mainland speedboat off the Ninepin Group. One fisherman said the men aboard the boat were all wearing 'green-coloured uniforms'. One drew a pistol and told him to surrender his licence when he was unable to deliver the full amount, he added. Marine Police East divisional commander, Superintendent Alasdair Watson, said police would try to obtain confirmation of the incident from Chinese officials. The three 15-metre fishing vessels, with a total of six adults and four children on board, were intercepted by a white speedboat, believed to belong to the Fisheries Protection Unit, at about 9.30 am northeast of the Ninepin Group. Fisherman Fung Foon-kun, 41, said he and his wife were fishing when a chung fei with five men wearing uniforms stopped his boat. 'Once they berthed next to my vessel, they demanded $3,000. When I said I had no money, one of them showed a pistol,' he said. 'I gave them $1,100 but my licence book was seized. They asked me to raise money and go to Nam O [in the Guangdong coastal area] to get my licence book back,' he added. Mr Fung said he did not know whether they were in Chinese or Hong Kong waters when they were intercepted, but said his family had always fished there and had never had any trouble. Two more Hong Kong vessels were stopped by the same boat; $940 was handed over from one and its licence book seized, while $3,000 was paid from the other and its licence retained. Mr Fung made a 999 call on his mobile phone after the speedboat left. The fishermen told police they did not have valid licences to fish in Chinese waters, where police believe the incident happened. A spokesman said the three vessels were intercepted for allegedly fishing without permits and at a prohibited time.