"Following the arrest of a foreign fishing boat yesterday, another Malaysian fishing vessel was again paralyzed by the ministry's officers on March 13, 2020," Minister Edhy Prabowo said in a press release here on Sunday.
MV PKFB 422 was arrested by Hiu 04 patrol boat while conducting illegal fishing activities at WPP-NRI 571- Malacca Strait. The vessel was caught at 03 ° 38.955 ' northern latitude-100 ° 15.021' eastern longitude.
The vessels operating using trawl fishing equipment were manned by five Myanmar nationals.
With the latest arrest of the Malaysian flagged fishing boat, a total of 17 foreign fishing vessels have so far been arrested for illegal fishing activities in the Indonesian waters since October 2019.
Ot the 17 foreign boats, eight are Vietnamese-flagged vessels, four Philippine-flagged boats and five Malaysian-flagged boats.
Related news: Thai naval patrol detains 29 Acehnese fishermen over illegal entry
Related news: Pontianak immigration detains 27 Vietnamese fishermen