Permissibility of eating fish if partially eaten while on the net

Q 3: Some of the fish caught by fishermen have been partially eaten by bigger ones while they are in the net or on the fishhook. When the fishermen go to the shops to sell the fish, they often have around twenty fish heads or half fish, and they sell them telling the fish shop owners that the fish were eaten by sea lions. (Part No. 22; Page No. 317) Some people say that it is not permissible to eat sea lion's leftovers. Is it permissible to eat these fish or not? Please advise us on this, may Allah reward you with the best!

A: There is nothing wrong in eating fish, some of which has been eaten while it is on the fishhook before coming out of the sea, as it is lawful to eat the Maytah (unslaughtered dead animals) from the sea. This is according to the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him), “Two (types of) Maytah and two (types of) blood are made Halal (lawful) for us. The two Maytah are fish and locusts.” May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.