Toothfish Poaching Vessel Viking Blown up by Indonesian Authorities

An illegal toothfish fishing vessel New Zealand authorities were pursuing has been captured and blown up by the Indonesian Navy. The stateless Viking was one of a fleet of six illegal and unregulated fishing vessels plundering toothfish stocks in the Southern Ocean and was the last to be apprehended.

Fishing in the area is banned by an international convention to conserve Antarctic marine life.

New Zealand’s pacific fisheries ambassador, Shane Jones, said New Zealand had played a “critical role” in ridding the area of the pirate vessels.

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