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Indonesia seizes Vietnamese boats for illegal fishing

Christian Fernsby |
The Indonesian Navy said Saturday that it has seized two Vietnamese fishing vessels on the North Natuna Sea in the Riau Islands province.

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On the seizure made on Friday, Dato Rusman, commander of the marine combat force of Fleet Armada Command I, said in a statement that Indonesia will take stern measures against any violations of the law in the country's territorial waters.

The foreign vessels were accused of catching fish in the Indonesian waters without the necessary legal documents and using fishing gears banned by the prevailing rules, according to him.

According to Abdul Rasyid, the commander of Fleet Armada Command I which oversees the waters in western Indonesia, they will further examine the two fishing vessels and question their crew members who illegally operated foreign-flagged vessels in Indonesia's exclusive economic zone.

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