Indonesia sank eight Malaysian-flagged vessels this week to fish in its exclusive economic zone, authorities said on Friday.
Six boats were sunk by the Belawan District Attorney’s Office in North Sumatra on March 16.
“We hope this will have a deterrent effect on foreign ships,” Ikeu Bachtiar, chief prosecutor, said on Friday.
Two other fishing boats were destroyed Thursday by the Banda Aceh district prosecutor’s office.
The ships were sunk at the port of Kuturaja in Banda Aceh.
“The fishing vessels are evidence of a criminal act in the field of fishing committed by a foreign flag fishing vessel which has permanent legal force,” said Leonard Eben Ezer Simanjuntak, spokesperson for the office on Thursday evening. of the Attorney General.
Both boats were confiscated by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in 2019 for illegal fishing in Indonesian waters without a valid license and using fishing gear banned by Indonesia.
The members of their crew – all Thai citizens – were arrested and their captains, Surriyon Jannok and Winai Bunpichit, were sentenced.
Indonesia sank more than 550 vessels linked to illegal fishing between October 2014 and 2020.
The penalty for illegal fishing under Indonesian law is a maximum prison term of six years and a fine of up to 20 billion Indonesian rupiah ($ 1.3 million).
* Written by Maria Elisa Hospita with the Indonesian language services of the Anadolu Agency in Jakarta
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