Indonesia sinks 30 boats to fight illegal fishing

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Jakarta, Feb 23 (IANS) Indonesia has sunk 30 impounded foreign and local boats in its campaign against illegal fishing in its waters.

Among the 30 scuttled empty vessels, 11 were identified from Vietnam, eight from Malaysia, seven from the Philippines and three from Indonesia, Xinhua news agency reported.

Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti on Monday said the boats were seized because they were found poaching in the country’s waters.

Indonesia has so far scuttled 151 vessels for illegal operations since President Joko Widodo, who took office in October 2014, declared a war on vessels illegally fishing in the country’s waters.

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