The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) detained a Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessel for having conducted illegal fishing activities in the North Natuna waters on Tuesday (April 27), according to an official.
The foreign boat was seized after a chase, the ministry’s Fleet Monitoring and Operations Director, Pung Nugroho Saksono, noted in a press release here on Wednesday.
After spotting the fishing boat poaching in the North Natuna Sea, the Indonesian patrol boat, Hiu (Shark) 17, chased it, switched on the warning sirens, and fired bullets into the air, according to Saksono.
Saksono praised the patrol boat’s crew members for their determination and fighting spirit to not allow the foreign boat to go free after poaching fish in the Indonesian waters.
Saksono reiterated that his side would never compromise with any individual or party found to be poaching fish.
“Every inch of this fisheries management area is a national asset that we will protect,” he affirmed.
Another Indonesian fishing boat was detained in the North Natuna waters for violating existing laws, as it was operating with an expired fishing permit (SIPI).
The ministry has, until now, caught a total of 82 fishing vessels comprising 68 Indonesian boats and 14 foreign fishing vessels for poaching.
In early April, the ministry had intercepted and detained five Vietnamese-flagged fishing boats on grounds of poaching in the Natuna waters, Riau Islands Province.
“We seized five foreign fishing boats bearing Vietnamese flags when they were about to steal or catch squids in the northern Natuna Sea, Riau Islands,” Acting Director General of Marine Resources and Fisheries Monitoring (PSDKP) Antam Novambar stated at the Rengas River, West Kalimantan, on April 12, 2021.
A total of 20 crew members of the foreign boats were also placed in detention.
“Currently, the five foreign boats and their 20 crew members have been moved to PSDKP Pontianak, pending the legal process,” he remarked.
The boats were vessels specialized for catching squid and had often poached squid in the northern Natuna Sea over the past two months.
“Fishermen of the five foreign boats attempted to evade arrest by ramming their boats into a joint patrol boat,” he revealed.
Source: Antara News