Indonesia sinks 41 illegal fishing boats, one from China

May 22, 2015 11:13
The Indonesian navy scuttles a foreign boat near Bitung, North Sulawesi on May 20 as part of a campaign to deter illegal fishing in the nation’s waters. Credit; Reuters

Indonesia has sunk 41 foreign boats, including a large Chinese vessel, this week as part of a campaign to stop illegal fishing in the country’s waters.

Authorities sank the vessels in public displays at several sites across the archipelago Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reported, citing Indonesian media. 

Some of the boats were blown up with dynamite. 

The Chinese vessel sunk was reportedly a large ship detained in 2009 for fishing in Indonesia's exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.

The vessel, which bears the name Gui Xei Yu, was blown up in West Kalimantan.

"This is not a show of force. This is just merely (us) enforcing our laws," The Jakarta Post quoted Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti as saying. 

Apart from the Chinese vessel, authorities also destroyed 40 other boats in different places across the country.

They included five boats from Vietnam, two boats from Thailand and 11 from the Philippines.

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