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Navy fires at foreign trawler JAKARTA - The Indonesian Navy said it fired at a foreign trawler yesterday and arrested its 25-member crew in an increasingly violent campaign to crack down on illegal fishing in its waters. The navy defended the heavy-handed action a week after it sank four boats from the Philippines and detained their crew members for allegedly fishing in Indonesian waters illegally.
The 49 fishermen were eventually sent home, after the Manila government complained that excessive force had been used in their arrest. Rear-Admiral I Wayan Argawa said his men acted appropriately yesterday after the trawler - believed to be either Chinese or Taiwanese - attempted to flee when sailors tried to board it.
Two fishermen on the trawler were slightly injured in the incident and the vessel was towed to the Papuan port of Merauke, he said. He revealed that the crew would be detained for questioning and their haul of 30 tonnes of tuna and shrimp impounded. 'We took this stern action because they didn't have any legal documents,' he said, adding that the boat was not flying a national flag.
'This shooting reflects the firm stand of the Indonesian Navy in enforcing the law at sea,' he declared. Illegal fishing is common in the waters off Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation. The navy often complains it does not have the resources to patrol the vast territorial waters.



Posted in General @ 06 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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