Tyas Budiman, fisheries resources director of the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry’s monitoring affairs directorate general, said the action took place separately in Pontianak, West Kalimantan; Bitung, North Sulawesi; Riau Island’s Batam; Tahuna in North Sulawesi; and Belawan, North Sumatra.
Among the 30 scuttled vessels, 11 were identified as Vietnamese, seven were Filipino and four as Malaysian. The rest were local vessels.
The scuttling was supported by the Indonesian Navy, National Police, Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) and the Attorney General’s Office, Tyas said.
Indonesia, under the leadership of President Joko Widodo, has declared a war on foreign vessels illegally fishing in its waters and has taken a strong stance by sinking them.
The Ministry has so far scuttled 151 vessels for illegal operations, comprised of 50 Vietnamese vessels, 43 Filipino, 21 Thai, 20 Malaysian, two Papua New Guinean, one Chinese and 14 Indonesian.