TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo said his ministry had beefed up the monitoring in the country's waters, especially where foreign boats were operating illegally, including Natuna waters.
“We are still conducting the monitoring tightly, not only online but also physical monitoring,” said Edhy at Mina Bahari III building, Jakarta, Monday, December 30.
Earlier reports suggested that China’s coast guard vessels escorted illegal foreign ships operating in the country's exclusive economic zone (ZEE). Those illegal boats, especially in Natuna waters, allegedly hail from Vietnam and Malaysia.
Edhy said he did not want to announce his monitoring programs. The point is, he added, the ministry’s teams have been guarding the areas for the past several days.
“We team up with the Navy and the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla),” the minister remarked.
Edhy said he had also coordinated with Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi to anticipate any claim related to state territories.
Meanwhile, in light of the Illegal Fishing Eradication Task Force or Satgas 115, Edhy Prabowo asserted that the team’s mandate was not ended yet. “The Satgas is established by the President,” he said.