- Indonesia sinks 10 foreign boats on New Year’s eve
- The move is made to intensify the country’s bid to stop illegal fishing
- Latest data reveals that the country has already sunk 107 out of 177 seized fishing boats
The national government of Indonesia has sunk 10 fishing boats on New Year’s eve in its bid to stop foreign poaching in the country’s waters.
In an article published by The Jakarta Post on December 31, it was disclosed that the country’s Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (MAFM) has carried out the sanction meant for those who are caught doing illegal activities in Indonesian seas.
“The sinking of the boats was aimed at eliminating the evidence of the crime [that they had committed] in Indonesian waters,” Vice Admiral Widodo of the Illegal Fishing Task Force (Satgas 115) said.
The sinking of the boats was carried out in four different locations, including Belawan in North Sumatra, Tarempa in Riau Islands, Tarakan in North Kalimantan, and Tahuna in North Sulawesi.
The decision to sink the boats of illegal fishermen came after Indonesia vowed to imposed stricter sanctions to those who will be caught poaching within its territory.
As of the latest report, 107 out of the 177 fishing boats impounded by the Indonesian government have either been sunk or destroyed.
At least 103 of these units are seized from foreign fishermen, with 39 units coming from Vietnam, 34 from the Philippines, 21 from Thailand, six from Malaysia, two from Papua New Guinea, and one from China.
According to the MAFM, the country has actually incurred material and environmental losses amounting to more than $20-billion due to the illegal fishing activities conducted by foreigners in their territory.
Last August, MAFM minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that being strict with maritime laws is important in ensuring the country’s independence.”
“We have to be able to show that we can be triumphant on the sea because the sea is the future of our nation,” Pudjiastuti said.