Caption: Indonesia’s Minister for Maritime and Fisheries, Ms Susi Pudjiastuti. Photo: Ministry Sources.
By Aiswarya Lakshmi
Indonesian military has sunk 34 impounded foreign boats, the latest bid to deter vessels from illegally fishing in the world’s biggest archipelago nation. The vessels, which came from Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia, were sunk as part of the commemoration of Indonesia’s 70th Independence Day. There were 34 foreign boats and four Indonesian-registered ones. The four Indonesian boats had been caught fishing without correct documents. All the vessels, which were blown up or scuttled at several locations across the archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, had been caught illegally fishing in Indonesian waters.