Indonesia detained Chinese ship for fishing illegaly: Ministry

"Basically, we will consistently enforce the law and safeguard our sovereignty. We will enforce the law on each ship that violates the IUU fishing regulations," Nasir stated .
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Armanatha Nasir, has said the Chinese fishing vessel detained by the Indonesian Navy was conducting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Indonesia.

"Basically, we will consistently enforce the law and safeguard our sovereignty. We will enforce the law on each ship that violates the IUU fishing regulations," Nasir stated here on Wednesday.

The Indonesian government responded to the protest lodged by the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry over the IUU Fishing Regulation in Indonesia.

Various media platforms in China reported the Chinese governments claim that the fishing vessel was operating in the traditional fishing grounds.

However, Nasir revealed that the Indonesian government has sent a diplomatic note seeking a clarification about the traditional fishing ground claimed by China.

The Indonesian Navy had arrested a Chinese flagged ship Gui Bei Yu 27088 accused of conducting illegal fishing in Natuna Waters of Riau Islands.

The Commander of Main Navy Base IV, First Admiral Irawan, said eight crew members of the Gui Bei Yu ship were under detention.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry noted that Indonesia has detained 139 ships that were found indulging in illegal fishing in Indonesian waters.(*)

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