Indo’s fish pirates

Fight against illegal fishing stepped up.

Indonesia steps up boat sinkings

By Taylor McDonald

On Sunday Indonesia sunk another 17 foreign vessels alleged to have been fishing in its waters as part of the archipelago’s war on illegal exploitation of its marine territory.

When President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo came to power in 2014 he vowed to turn the sprawling nation into a “global maritime fulcrum” between the Indian and Pacific oceans and that has mainly been expressed in clamping down on illegal fishing. Indonesia is the world’s second largest fish producer but Jokowi states that more than 5,000 ships operate illegally in Indonesian waters each year, resulting in annual losses in excess of US$20 billion.

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