The seized ships have been sunk on Saturday at 5 ports throughout the archipelago, which has a number of the world’s richest fishing grounds, the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry stated in an announcement.
Among the many seized vessels sunk have been 38 Vietnamese-flagged ships, 6 Malaysian, 2 Chinese language and 1 Filipino. The remaining have been foreign-owned ships utilizing the Indonesian flag.
Susi Pudjiastuti, the fisheries minister, stated in a speech that the unlawful boats have been a risk to the native fishing trade. Their operators are steadily perpetrators of contemporary day slavery.
“This crime of unlawful fishing in our waters was out of thoughts,” Ms Pudjiastuti stated. “We won’t tolerate anymore.”
Saturday’s occasions have been carried out in a low-key trend in contrast with earlier events, when boats have been blown to items and their destruction broadcast dwell.
A video taken off Datuk island in West Kalimantan province and launched by the ministry confirmed Ms Pudjiastuti and different fishery officers scrambling to an adjoining boat from a sinking vessel that had been stuffed with sand and flooded. She clapped her fingers when she noticed a number of ships efficiently sunk.
The transfer got here per week after an Indonesian navy patrol ship was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard ships after intercepting a ship it says was fishing illegally in its waters. The Vietnamese claimed that the world was Vietnamese waters.
Indonesia detained 12 Vietnamese fishermen from the boat, which sank in final Saturday’s conflict, and they’re being held at a naval base on Natuna island.
The Indonesian authorities says it has sunk greater than 500 unlawful fishing vessels since October 2014, many with explosives.
Final yr, the ministry sunk 125 principally overseas vessels, included 86 Vietnamese-flagged ships, 20 Malaysian and 14 from the Philippines.
Indonesia, an archipelago of greater than 17,000 islands, claims an enormous unique financial zone, which is steadily penetrated by overseas fishing vessels. Its northerly reaches are regarded by China as its conventional fishing grounds regardless of their distance from the Chinese language mainland.