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Indonesian Navy Ready To Sink Illegal Foreign Tuna Boats

Indonesia is ready to sink foreign boats fishing illegally in the country’s waters, Marine Resources and Fisheries Minister Freddy Numbery said on Tuesday.

He said firm action was needed to deter foreign boats from continuing to poach in Indonesian waters.

“We are glad the House’s Commission IV supports us in this,” Antara news agency quoted the minister as saying at a meeting with the House commission.

He said his office and the parliament were currently revising the law on marine resources with regard to dealing with crimes in the seas.

The revision would be aimed at regulating firm actions including sinking ships found illegally fishing in the country’s waters.

Commission IV member Elviana said the firm actions needed to be implemented immediately to deter foreign parties intending to steal fish from Indonesian waters.

She said the system of auctioning seized boats was not effective as shown by the fact that illegal boats such as from Thailand still continued operating in a great number.

She said the system had been manipulated. “It is believed auctions have been arranged to ensure that the boats can be sold to their owners who are also the suspects,” she said.

So, Elviana said, sinking the boats would be the right way to generate a deterrent effect.

She said many boats had entered into the country’s waters to fish tuna that abound in Indonesian seas.

“Tuna fish sells well so that many foreign fishermen are venturing into the country’s waters. This must not be allowed to continue,” she said.