Indonesia sinks 10 illegal foreign fishing vessels

JAKARTA, March 5 (Xinhua): Indonesia has cracked down on illegal fishing in the country's waters by sinking 10 foreign illegal fishing vessels, an official has announced.

"Today (Thursday - March 4) we sank illegal fishing vessels with Vietnamese and Malaysian flags," said Antam Novambar, acting director general of Marine Resources and Fisheries Supervision of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

"They were in our country's (Indonesia) waters."

Among the 10 vessels, eight were Vietnamese-flagged boats and two were Malaysian-flagged vessels.

According to Batam Prosecutor Office's head Polin Octavianus Sitanggang, the sinking was carried out in two phases, namely four ships on Wednesday and six others on Thursday.

"In the process, we made holes on the hulls of the boats and filled them with waters and ballasts to make it easy to sink the boats...," said Sitanggang. - Xinhua
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