Four illegal fishing ships hiding in Taiwan waters: Indonesia

Four illegal fishing ships hiding in Taiwan waters: Indonesia
Indonesian Navy officers (L) target a Vietnam boat fishing held due to illegal fishing activities in Indonesia water on Anambas island, Riau province on December 5, 2014.

Four boats that were conducting illegal fishing around Indonesia have entered Taiwan territorial waters in their attempts to evade capture, said the Indonesian government.

The four ships are Dofior 160, Fu Yuan Yu 209, Garuda Jaya 111 and one unnamed ship, which are all registered in Indonesia.

"We want to announce internationally so that ships in foreign waters can also be captured," Indonesia fisheries head Susi Pudjiastuti said, adding that the four ships had poached fish in Indonesian territory.

Pudjiastuti stressed that her government has the right to detain those ships despite the fact they are located in foreign waters.

Only ships with permits may operate in Indonesia territorial sea.

Pudjiastuti believes the four ships must have been fishing illegally; otherwise, they wouldn't need to hide in Taiwan's waters.

Pudjiastuti said she learned about the four ships' whereabouts through the vessel monitoring system.

The world's largest archipelago nation has taken a hard stance against illegal foreign fishing since October when the new government took over.

It has detained as well as blown up and sunk a number of foreign ships that were fishing illegally.

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