Indonesia sinks 41 foreign boats to warn against poaching

2015-05-20 17:38

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Jakarta - Indonesian authorities have bombed and sank 41 foreign fishing vessels as a warning against poaching in the country's waters.

The vessels from a variety of countries were blown up in several seaports across the vast archipelago, which has some of the world's richest fishing grounds.

Navy spokesperson First Admiral Manahan Simorangkir said on Wednesday that 35 vessels were sunk by the navy while six were sunk by the coast guard police.

Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has sunk several other boats since the new government took over last year after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was elected. Dozens of the vessels sunk in recent months were foreign.

The boats were blown up on National Awakening Day, which commemorates the first political movement toward Indonesia's independence.

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