Bengkalis, Riau (ANTARA News) - Three fishing vessels of Malaysian fishermen that the Indonesian court found guilty of poaching in the waters of Rupat Island in Bengkalis District, Riau Province, last June, will be destroyed with immediate effect, the district prosecutors office said.

The Malaysian fishing boats were caught by Indonesian authorities on June 2. Two of them were identified as JHF 7039 B and 6489 B, the Head of Bengkalis Districts Prosecutors Office for General Crimes, Mico Wave Sitohang said on Thursday.

"The ships will be burned at the end of November and in early December in the waters of Bengkalis Strait," Mico said.

Local fishermen residing in the Parit Tiga Village of the Bantan sub-district urged the Indonesian navy and coast guard to tighten their security patrol in the Bengkalis waters due to the ongoing threats of foreign fishermens illegal fishing activities.

"If our security patrol and surveillance are intensified, I am sure foreign fishermen will not brave to poach our waters," said Ujang, a 43-year-old fisherman from the Parit Tiga village.(*)

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