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Indonesia sinks 23 foreign fishing vessels caught poaching, bringing the total to 170

Thursday, April 7th 2016 - 09:43 UTC
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Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said her agency sank 10 Malaysian and 13 Vietnamese boats that were caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters. Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said her agency sank 10 Malaysian and 13 Vietnamese boats that were caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters.
Last August, Indonesia scuttled 38 boats seized for illegal fishing as part of the country's 70th Independence Day celebrations. Last August, Indonesia scuttled 38 boats seized for illegal fishing as part of the country's 70th Independence Day celebrations.
Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation, has taken a tough stance against illegal fishing since President Joko Widodo took office in 2014 Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation, has taken a tough stance against illegal fishing since President Joko Widodo took office in 2014

Indonesian authorities sank 23 foreign fishing boats this week saying they were “operating illegally in the archipelago's vast waters in continuation efforts for anti-poaching”, China's Xinhua news agency reported. This brings the number of vessels destroyed by the Government under the policy to more than 170.

 Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said her agency sank 10 Malaysian and 13 Vietnamese boats that were caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters.

“The sinking of the boats is to enforce the law and to protect the sovereignty of our territory to ensure that the sea is the future of our nation,” Ms Pudjiastuti was quoted as saying by Kompas.

Last August, Indonesia scuttled 38 boats seized for illegal fishing as part of the country's 70th Independence Day celebrations.

Meanwhile, the owners of 10 fishing boats from China caught poaching in Indonesian waters are appealing to the authorities not to sink their vessels.

Indonesia and China were entangled in a maritime row last month after Indonesia accused a Chinese coast guard patrol boat of breaching its sovereign rights by forcibly preventing the local maritime authorities from seizing a Chinese fishing boat.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation, has taken a tough stance against illegal fishing since President Joko Widodo took office in 2014,with his administration blowing up dozens of foreign vessels as part of a campaign to protect Indonesia's maritime resources and domestic fishing industry, which loses billions of dollars in revenues to illegal fishing each year.

Categories: Fisheries.
Tags: Indonesia.

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  • LukeDig

    We should do that too, start sinking these illegal fishing vessels at Malvinas

    Apr 08th, 2016 - 04:20 am 0
  • golfcronie

    @1
    HaHahHa that's ok if you had any ships that are seaworthy, rowing boats don't count so do not suggest it. Beware of a nuclear sub near you.

    Apr 08th, 2016 - 03:23 pm 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @1 Luke-dupe

    News story:

    Chinese jigger sinks Argentine Coast Guard Vessel in Argentine EEZ:

    “It's reported that both Argentine CG vessels attempted to retreat at high speed from ”aggressive jigger“. One had engine trouble immediately, and was subsequently sunk by Chinese tramp jigger. All hands were lost - second vessel did not return to assist survivors in water”

    - Shanghai News Agency

    Apr 10th, 2016 - 03:34 am 0
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