Illegal fishing boats sunk

Jakarta signals that its war on illegal fishing will continue unabated.

Indonesia Sinks 23 Foreign Vessels After China Spat

By Prashanth Parameswaran

Indonesia destroyed 23 foreign vessels on Tuesday as part of its ongoing war on illegal fishing just two weeks after a confrontation with China on the issue.

As I’ve written previously, Indonesia under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has launched a tough crackdown on illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which he says causes the country to suffer annual losses of over $20 billion (See: “Explaining Indonesia’s ‘Sink the Vessels’ Policy Under Jokowi”). That has resulted in a series of highly public sinking of boats from neighboring countries through 2015 – part of what Jokowi has described as a “shock therapy” approach in spite of concerns among some of Indonesia’s neighbors.

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