No diplomacy needed to sink illegal fishing boats: Observer

No diplomacy needed to sink illegal fishing boats: Observer

Photo document of fish thieves ship belonging to fishermen from Thailand detonated Indonesian security forces in the Strait of Dempo, Keulauan Riau, February 9, 2015. (ANTARA/Joko Sulistyo)

The law has been clear. No diplomacy or permit is needed ..."
Kupang (ANTARA News) - The government does not need to conduct diplomacy to sink foreign boats caught illegally poaching fish in the countrys waters, stated an international law professor from the Nusa Cendana University in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.

"The law has been clear. No diplomacy or permit is needed (to sink the boats) because they have deliberately and intentionally entered our territory to fish illegally. They know they are breaking the law, but they continue to do it," Dr D.W. Thadeus informed ANTARA News here on Thursday.

The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries plans to sink 16 foreign boats, which were caught fishing illegally in the countrys waters, next week.

Thadeus affirmed that the ministrys plan must be supported by the concerned agencies, including the navy and marine police, as the boats had trespassed into the Indonesian territory and had also conducted illegal fishing and harmed the marine ecosystem of the country.

In view of this, the marine affairs and fisheries ministrys plan must be carried out as quickly as possible, he emphasized.

He believed that the action would slowly deter foreign fishermen from conducting illegal fishing in the countrys waters.

He said the step was an act of statehood, and as a developing country, Indonesia must defend itself from thefts of its natural resources by foreign fishermen.

"The government must also raise the illegal fishing issue in the international forum," he added.

(Reporting by Kornelis Kaha/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/F001)

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