The Indonesian Navy has begun to take a seriously no-nonsense approach to illegal fishermen as they blow up two illegal vessels in Ambon Bay after the crews had been arrested and their gear confiscated. This hard stance against foreign poachers is largely due to the fact that the country loses around L15.3 billion every year from illegal fishing practices. There are still an estimated 5,400 ships fishing illegally in Indonesia’s waters.
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Two foreign fishing boats suspected of conducting illegal fishing activities are blown up by the Indonesian navy in Ambon bay, Indonesia, 21 December 2014.
The destruction of the Papua New Guinea-flagged vessels follows a government ruling to sink almost all foreign ships which carry out illegal fishing activities in the waters of Indonesia.
‘The ships have gone through legal procedures at the court in Ambon and their owners were found guilty of stealing fish from Indonesian waters. We must sink these ships so that other foreign ships will think twice before fishing illegally in our territory,’ said navy spokesman Commodore Manahan Simorangkir.
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