Indonesia sinks 3 Vietnamese boats

Indonesia clamps down on illegal fishing trade.

Jokowi Sinks 3 Vietnamese Boats to Stop Illegal Fishing

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia made good on its threat and blew up and sank 3 empty Vietnamese boats Friday, December 5, the navy said, as the world’s biggest archipelago nation pushes to stop foreigners from illegally fishing in its waters.

It was the strongest measure yet taken in the campaign launched by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who is seeking to stop a practice he says costs Southeast Asia’s biggest economy billions of dollars in lost revenues.

The navy, working with other government agencies, sank the 3 boats in the remote Anambas Islands, which lie between Malaysia and the Indonesian part of Borneo island, navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir told AFP.

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