Indonesia navy sinks more illegal fishing boats

Foreign fishing boats seized by Indonesian authorities for illegal fishing are blown up by Indonesian Navy personnel at sea.
PHOTO: AFP

The Indonesian Navy's Western Fleet (Armabar) sank six illegal fishing boats from Vietnam on saturday, in Batam, Riau. The boats had entered Indonesian territory and were found to have exploited marine resources.

"The boats have been found guilty by the court of illegal fishing in our territory," Armabar spokesperson Lt. Col Ariris said in Jakarta.

He added that Armabar had assisted the Maritime Resources and Fisheries Ministry to sink the boats.

The sinking of the illegal vessels was carried out by two ministry patrol boats and Navy warships the KRI Kujang and KRI Surik, as well as the Navy's special personnel.

Currently, Armabar is conducting its Western Fleet Quick Response operation aimed at securing the western maritime territories of Indonesia. The Navy has claimed the operation has been successful in reducing crimes, including illegal fishing.

It has been reported that in the first year of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's leadership, Indonesia sank 106 foreign boats for fishing illegally in Indonesian waters. The boats were mostly from Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand.

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