Indonesia Blows Up 23 Foreign Fishing Vessels

On or about 05 April 2016, Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, in cooperation with the Navy and the National Police, blew up and sank 23 foreign fishing vessels caught operating illegally in Indonesian territorial waters. “The sinking of the boats is to enforce the law and to protect the sovereignty of our territory to ensure that the sea is the future of our nation,” said the agency’s director, Minister Susi Pudjiastuti. The vessels – 13 Vietnamese boats and 10 from Malaysia – were seized following tips from locals, and some were reportedly flying Indonesian flags in an attempt to disguise their nationality. Pudjiastuti has led a highly popular, well-publicized campaign to combat the incursion of foreign fishing fleets, using what some would consider extraordinary tactics.

Source: The Maritime Executive