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Indonesia seizes Malaysian, Philippine-flagged vessels for poaching

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesia's Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries has apprehended a Malaysian-flagged boat in Malacca Strait and Philippine-flagged vessel in the Indonesian Economic Exclusive Zone, an official said on Friday.

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Indonesia is committed to taking stern measures against illegal fishing perpetrators who poach in the Indonesian waters, the ministry's Acting Director General of Marine and Fishery Resources Supervision Antam Novambar said in a statement.

Novambar said that an illegal foreign fishing vessel with the Malaysian flag KM. SLFA 5269 was held in the Indonesian waters continental shelf area in the Malacca Strait on June 22, while the YAYA-3 ship with the Philippine flag was caught in the Indonesian Economic Exclusive Zone of the Sulawesi Sea on June 24.

The ministry's Director of Fleet Monitoring and Operations Pung Nugroho Saksono said four crew members consisting of two Malaysians and two Indonesians from KM. SLFA 5269 were detained, and five crew members who are all Filipinos were arrested from YAYA-3.

The perpetrators have been sent to the ministry's bases in Batam city, Riau Islands province, and Bitung city, North Sulawesi province, for further investigation, Saksono said.

With the arrests of the two illegal foreign boats, the ministry has seized 119 vessels during 2021, consisting of 78 Indonesian fishing vessels, and 41 foreign fishing vessels, comprising 12 Malaysian-flagged vessels, six Philippine-flagged vessels and 23 Vietnamese-flagged vessels.

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