October 6, 2008

Indonesian Navy Hold Three Vietnamese-Flagged Fishing Vessels in Riau

Text of report in English by influential Indonesian newspaper The Jakarta Post English-language website on 6 October

Indonesian Navy has caught three foreign vessels using Vietnam's flag illegally fishing in Indonesian waters at Ranai in Riau Islands on Monday.

According to Navy spokesperson First Adm. Iskandar Sitompul, the three vessels were caught by Indonesian marine soldiers on Imam Bonjol ship for fishing at Exclusive Economic Zone without any proper document and using trawl to net fish.

"The Navy has saved the state of around Rp.500 million (US$53.000) from the three ships illegal activity," Iskandar said,as quoted by Antara.

Some 48 crews on board of the ships were arrested at Ranai Navy Post in the province.

Separately, a district court in Pontianak, West Kalimantan has charged Rp 500 million penalty (US$53,000) each for five other illegal fishing boats from Vietnam that were caught while fishing in the province waters several weeks ago.

They were also told to surrender their catch to the Indonesian government.

Originally published by The Jakarta Post website, Jakarta, in English 6 Oct 08.

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