Indonesian Navy intercepts 3 Vietnamese fishing boats over North Natuna
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – On Tuesday, two Indonesian Navy vessels caught three Vietnamese-flagged foreign fishing boats that were caught fishing above Indonesian waters in the North Natuna Sea.
The commander of Indonesian navy vessel KRI Tjiptadi, Lt. Col. Irwan, said the military detected the fishing boats during a routine operation. Vietnamese boats fished using a trawler.
“On January 10 at 10:05 pm Western Indonesian Time (WIB), at 04 55 24 U – 107 14 12 T (43 nautical miles off the island of Laut), we detected operating without lights. As we approached the boats, they were identified as Vietnamese flagged fishing boats, ”Colonel Irwan said in a press release on January 12.
One of the fishing boats is said to have carried out illegal fishing activities in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone without official documents. The other two boats were caught over the North Sea Natuna.
Foreign fishing vessels were operated by a total crew of 14 and carried mixed variants of fish catches. The three fishing boats are moored at the Indonesian Navy pier in Sabang Mawang for further treatment.
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