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Indonesian navy impounds Chinese trawler for illegal fishing

April 24, 2016
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Indonesian navy impounds Chinese trawler for illegal fishing — Chinese fishing ship was already wanted in Argentina for illegal fishing

April 24, 2016

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© AFP | Indonesian navy hold crew members of the Chinese trawler “Hua Li-8” in Belawan, North Sumatra on April 23, 2016

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesian warships have detained a Chinese trawler allegedly operating illegally in Indonesian waters, just weeks after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries caused tensions, the navy said Sunday.

The trawler was intercepted by two navy ships on Friday after receiving information that a ship wanted by Interpol in Argentina had been spotted in Aceh, in the northwest of Sumatra, navy spokesman Edi Sucipto told AFP.

The boat has been taken to a naval base in Belawan, North Sumatra for investigation.

Indonesian War Ship KRI Imam Bonjol-363 approaches a Chinese fishing boat in Natuna water

“We are currently questioning the crew to find out more about the case,” Sucipto said, adding that one of them had a gunshot wound to his leg.

“It was not our officers who shot him, he was probably shot by the Argentinian authorities,” he said.

The Chinese trawler was previously reported to have been fishing illegally in Argentine waters in late February.

Argentine forces in March opened fire on and a sank a Chinese boat illegally fishing in the South Atlantic after it attempted to ram a coast guard vessel.

Indonesia in 2014 launched a tough crackdown on illegal fishing which involves sinking foreign vessels caught fishing without a permit after impounding the boats and removing the crews.

Its foreign minister protested to Beijing after the Chinese coastguard last month stopped an Indonesian patrol boat from detaining a Chinese trawler.

Beijing also voiced concern last year after Indonesia destroyed an impounded Chinese fishing vessel.

Indonesia in 2014 launched a tough crackdown on illegal fishing which involves sinking foreign vessels caught fishing without a permit after impounding the boats and removing the crews (AFP Photo/Wahyu Wepe)

Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister

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Chinese ship sinks near Argentina

China’s coast guard protects its biggest relocatable oil rig near Vietnam

China Coast Guard 3901, with a displacement of 12,000 tons, is armed with one 76-millimeter naval cannon, two close-range defense guns and two anti-aircraft guns. This is a new, heavier and well armed Chinese coast guard ship that has recently entered service.  China daily photo

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A Vietnamese coast guard ship approaches a Thai boat as the latter is selling diesel to a Vietnamese fishing boat on March 18, 2016. Photo: Thanh Hai
A Vietnamese coast guard ship approaches a Thai boat as the latter is selling diesel to a Vietnamese fishing boat on March 18, 2016. Photo: Thanh Hai

Indonesia burns a Vietnamese fishing boat on August 17, 2015

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Indonesian Government Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Boat Accused of Illegal Fishing

In this Nov 22, 2015 image, Kyaw Naing, a slave from Myanmar, talks to a security guard through the bars of a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. (AP photo)

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Chinese fishing boats sail from Shenjiamen port in Zhejiang province to fish in the East China Sea. Photo by Xinhua
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Vietnamese fishermen swim for their lives after their ship was rammed and sunk by a Chinese ship — inside Vietnamese waters
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Filipino fishermen wave from a fishing boat bound to fish near Scarborough Shoal in Masinloc, Zambales May 10, 2012. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A Chinese coast guard vessel near Malaysia. Photographer Rahman Roslan, Getty Images

A Chinese coast guard vessel ramming a Vietnamese boat

 

We at Peace and Freedom have never seen any evidence that fishermen from the Philippines or Vietnam have used fire bombs on Chinese ships. But we have seen evidence of China fire bombing Vietnamese and Filipino vessels.  Here: Captain Pham Quang Thanh on his Vietnamese fishing boat that was fire-bombed  and set on fire by an apparent  Chinese naval boat off Hoang Sa. 

Vietnamese Fishing Boat Fired On, Set Ablaze
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/boat-03252013152934.html

Indonesia Punishes Illegal Fishermen By Blowing Up Their Boats — Vietnamese, Filipinos, Malaysians Weeping

January 1, 2016

The Indonesian Navy proved they mean business as they were filmed blowing up illegal fishing boats in bid to drive out poachers

Dramatic footage has emerged of the Indonesian Navy taking radical action to remove illegal poachers from their heavily-guarded waters.

The Government has launched a major crackdown after it was claimed poachers cost the country £14bn in illegal fishing each year.

In this footage, the Navy is thought to use one of its fleet of Clurit class fast attack craft armed with anti-ship missiles, to literally blow the fishing boats out of the water.

On Thursday the Navy began a simultaneous assault blasting ten foreign boats which were depleting fish stocks without a license.

Indonesian authorities destroy illegal fishing boats

Serene: the waters look calm before the Indonesian authorities creep up

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The boats which had been in the archipelago’s massive body of water were obliterated one by one after the Government launched a major offensive.

Boats which are believed to have travelled from the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam – are all believed to have been carrying many tons of fish – were hit and exploded into the water.

Indonesian authorities destroy illegal fishing boats

Boom: the Indonesian authorities destroy illegal fishing boats in one fell swoop

The Navy has been patrolling the waters of North Sulawesi, Tarakan, North Kalimantan, Belawan, North Sumatra and in Ranai, Riau.

First Admiral M. Zainudin of the Indonesian Navy said the armed forced had the mandate of the Government to act to prevent fishermen from stealing fish illegally.

He said: “We will continue to take firm actions against boats caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters as per the president’s instructions.”

This latest strategy was driven by the country’s President Joko Widodo who, since assuming office in October 2014, has had a zero tolerance policy on illegal fishing.

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Indonesian authorities destroy illegal fishing boats

Pollution: the debris is scattered into the water after the boats are obliterated

He has mandated authorities to seek and destroy the boats, including a major operation which saw the sinking of 34 vessels in August.

President Widodo said: “Every day there there are around 5,400 foreign boats in our ocean and our sea.

“And 90% of them are illegal.

“So to give shock therapy to them, of course we are sinking them.”

It is not known if any of the fishermen were present on the boats at the time.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/indonesian-navy-blows-up-illegal-7102963

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Indonesia burns a Vietnamese fishing boat on August 17, 2015

Indonesian navy scuttles foreign fishing vessels caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters

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Philippines, Indonesia to revive bilateral accord amid concerns over illegal fishing

May 23, 2015

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The Indonesian navy scuttles foreign fishing vessels caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters near Bitung, North Sulawesi on May 20, 2015 in the is photo taken by Antara Foto. China on Thursday, May 21, expressed “serious concern” over the blowing up of a Chinese fishing vessel seized by Indonesia six years ago, the first such incident under President Joko Widodo. Reuters photo

Indonesia had started to tighten its policies against illegal fishing amid continued concerns over poaching by fishermen from neighbouring countries

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Manila: The Philippines and Indonesia are engaged in talks that could revive a bilateral fishing agreement between the two countries as concerns are raised over unabated illegal fishing in the region.

According to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, both countries had initially agreed to strengthen cooperation in information exchange and enforcement to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF) in their respective territorial waters and fishing grounds.

A bilateral fishing agreement between Indonesia and the Philippines expired in 2006 and the two countries are now in a rush to secure their fishing grounds from intruders.

Alcala had met with Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), while he was in Jakarta recently to attend the World Economic Forum.

Alcala said the Indonesian official agreed to his suggestion to have both sides convene a technical working group that will meet “at the soonest possible time” to flesh out the issues, including the concerns of Filipino-owned fishing companies in Indonesia regarding MMAF’s strict enforcement of its policies and regulations.

Indonesia had started to tighten its policies against illegal fishing amid continued concerns over poaching by fishermen from neighbouring countries.

Last May 20, Indonesian maritime authorities scuttled 41 fishing vessels caught illegally operating in the countries’ waters.

The vessels that were scuttled include those that fly the flag of the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand as well as China.

The vessels, which were rounded up in several maritime law enforcement activities by Indonesian authorities, were rigged with explosive charges and detonated in seas off Bitung, Pontianak, West Kilamanta, Belawan, North Sumatra, Pidie Aceh and Ranai, Rau Islands, Antara, the government-run Indonesian news service reported.

Director General of Supervision of Fisheries and Marine Resources Asep Burhanudin, said the foreign fishing vessels were scuttled upon orders from President Joko Widodo.

IUU fishing is a major concern in the region as well as globally.

With depleting fish stocks and tightening competition among privately-run entities engaged in fishing, countries with large fishing areas are in increasing need to tighten regulations against illegal or IUU fishing.

Earlier this year, Pudjiastuti announced she would not issue new licenses to foreign fishing companies to protect the country’s territorial waters and fishing grounds from illegal fishing.

Earlier, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) urged countries to take steps against IUU fishing amid concerns that unabated illegal fishing practices would impact on the world’s fish supply.

“The Western Pacific Region is important because it is the home of more than half of the world’s tuna stocks,” European Commissioner Maria Damanaki of the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, earlier said.

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Image: Chinese fishing vessels are seen anchored at Fiery Cross Reef — part of the Spratly islands — and under the watchful eye of China’s navy. There is a huge economic aspect of China’s interest in the South China Sea. Immense reserves of petroleum and natural gas are below the South China Sea and the sea itself is teeming with marine life and other foods valuable to the Chinese. The islands in this region are claimed partially or in their entirety by Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Brunei. AFP photo

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