Tuesday, 15 October 2019 | 06:27 WIB

Indonesia Captures Malaysia-Flagged Illegal Fishing Vessel at Strait of Malacca

Indonesia Captures Malaysia-Flagged Illegal Fishing Vessel at Strait of Malacca (antara)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Marine and Fisheries (KKP) have managed to capture a Malaysia-flagged fishing vessel suspected of carrying out illegal fishing in the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEEI) of the Straits of Malacca, Saturday (6/15/2019) ..

"The arrest was carried out by the Hiu Vessel headed by Capt. Novry Sangiang at around 6:30 a.m. West Indonesia Time against KM. KHF 1786 that was using banned trawl fishing equipment," said Acting Director General of Resource Supervision Marine and Fisheries (PSDKP) Agus Suherman in Jakarta, Saturday (06/15/2019).

According to Agus, the Malaysian fishing boat was captained by a Thai, and also included four crew from Myanmar.

"Furthermore, the ship and all crew were taken to the Lampulo Aceh PSDKP Base and will be investigated by Fisheries Civil Servant Investigators (PPNS)," he explained as quoted by Antara.

The vessel is fishing on Indonesian exlusive waters without a permit document and using illegal trawling fishing gear.

The activity was allegedly violating Law Number 31 Year 2004 concerning Fisheries as amended by Act Number 45 of 2009 with the threat of a maximum imprisonment of six years and a maximum fine of IDR 20 billion.

The arrest added to the number of foreign vessels that were successfully captured by the KKP from January to June 2019 to a total of 33 KIA, consisting of 15 Vietnamese ships, 15 Malaysian ships, and 3 Philippine vessels.