TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti, on Monday led the sinking of illegal fishing boats that were caught operating illegally over Indonesia’s Natuna waters.
“The simultaneous sinking by explosion commenced at Natuna on seven captured boats; four from Vietnam, one from Malaysia, and two from China,” said Minister Susi on Monday, October 7.
The ministry detonated 48 illegal fishing boats in this event. This follows the sinking of 21 foreign-flag fishing boats in West Kalimantan just one day prior which held its execution at Tanjung Datuk, Mempawah District.
Nearing the end of Susi Pudjiastuti’s tenure in the government as a state minister, she called for future maritime authorities to put forth “unity of effort”, intensify maritime patrols, and add the number of fleets that she says is “critical in preserving Indonesia’s maritime and fisheries.”
Based on the monitoring of the Global Fishing Watch, the number of foreign fishing boats that illegally enter Indonesia saw a sharp decline since 2015, which she attributed to the ship sinkings’ effective role as a deterrent effect for future violators.
“I truly hope that this policy of sinking illegal foreign boats can continue on. It prevents illegal fishing boats from entering Indonesian waters,” said Minister Susi Pudjiastuti.