Indonesia sinks 51 fishing boats over illegal fishing

Indonesia sinks fishing boats
Workers flood the cargo bay of a Vietnamese-flagged boats with water to sink it in the waters off Datuk Island, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Saturday, May 4, 2019. Authorities sank 51 foreign fishing boats caught operating illegally in the Indonesian waters as it resumed its tough stance against poaching in the country. (AP Photos/William Pasaribu)

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities have resumed their tough crackdown on illegal fishing in the country’s water and sinks 51 foreign fishing boats.

Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said the ships were sunk on Saturday at five ports across the archipelago, which has some of the world’s richest fishing grounds.

The boats had been seized from Chinese, Malaysian, Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese fishermen.

The move comes a week after an Indonesian navy ship was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard vessels after intercepting a boat it says was fishing illegally.

Last year, the ministry sank 125 mostly foreign vessels, including 86 Vietnamese-flagged ships, 20 Malaysian craft and 14 from the Philippines.

Indonesia says it has sunk more than 500 illegal fishing vessels since October 2014 in an attempt to stop foreign, illegal fishing boats.

Source: Bangkok Post

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