Indonesia destroys PH boats in illegal fishing crackdown
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities have destroyed 81 foreign vessels, including those from the Philippines, that were captured fishing illegally in the country’s waters.
The ships were blown up at sea in 12 locations around the archipelago on Saturday.
Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti, who witnessed the sinking of two ships in the port of Ambon in Maluku province, said Indonesia was upholding its sovereignty and combating illegal fishing.
Indonesia has now sunk 317 foreign fishing vessels since 2014, when it began taking a tougher stance against illegal fishing in its waters.
Most of the vessels are from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. CBB/rga
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.