Indonesia scuttles 35 foreign fishing boats

2015-08-18 19:35


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Jakarta - Indonesia's navy on Tuesday began sinking 35 boats whose foreign crews were caught fishing in Indonesian waters, an official said.

The confiscated boats were bombed and sunk at different locations in waters off Sumatra and Sulawesi islands as well as the Indonesian part of Borneo, navy spokesperson Vice Admiral Muhammad Zainuddin said.

"The sunken ships can serve as sanctuaries for fish in the sea," he said.

The boats were crewed by fishermen from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Indonesia's Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has taken a tough stance against illegal fishing and vowed to blow up vessels operated by foreign poachers. 

She said Indonesia lost $15bn every year to illegal fishing.

Before Tuesday, Indonesia had sunk more than two dozen foreign fishing boats since President Joko Widodo took office in October.

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