Taiwanese boat detained in Indonesia for illegal fishing

01/23/2021 10:29 PM
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Indonesia Navy spots a Taiwanese vessel fishing in the North Natuna Sea which is the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone. Image taken from Google map
Indonesia Navy spots a Taiwanese vessel fishing in the North Natuna Sea which is the Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone. Image taken from Google map

Jakarta, Jan. 23 (CNA) A Taiwanese boat and its 10 crew members were arrested in Indonesia Friday on suspicion of fishing illegally in the country's Exclusive Economic Zone, the Indonesian Navy said Saturday.

The boat, named the Hai Chien Hsing 20, was caught in the North Natuna Sea, which is within Indonesia's Exclusive Economic Zone, according to a press statement issued by the Indonesian Navy.

The boat, manned by a Taiwanese captain, had also two other Taiwanese and seven Indonesian seamen on board, the Indonesian Navy said, adding that 12 tonnes of fish were seized in the operation.

The vessel was towed to Indonesia's Ranai naval base for further investigation, the Navy told CNA.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Chung Yu-chen)

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