Over the weekend, Indonesian forces sank 81 foreign and domestic fishing boats that were found illegally stationed in nearby waters.
Known for some of the world’s richest fishing grounds, Indonesia’s authorities have been enveloped in an ongoing war against neighboring Asian trawlers and their illegal fishing practices since 2014. President Joko Widodo issued the war on illegal fishing and over 300 boats have been sunk since it began.
One of the recent boats sunk, Sino, was referenced in a statement by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti. “We hope that Sino is a symbol of our victory over fish poaching,” Pudjiastuti said about deterring illegal trawlers.
This past Saturday alone, over 12 different locations were targeted by authorities in an effort to capture and sink lawbreaking vessels. Most of the ships destroyed hailed from Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
China has also clashed with Indonesia in its waters. In 2016, Indonesian authorities attempted to detain a Chinese vessel for fishing illegally in the South China Sea, prompting an intervention from a Chinese military ship.
Below are two videos from a year ago, demonstrating Indonesia’s continued fight against illegal fishing:
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