29 Jul '16, 8pm

Like Indonesia, Malaysia to sink illegal foreign fishing boats: minister

Like Indonesia, Malaysia to sink illegal foreign fishing boats: minister

A Malaysian minister said the Southeast Asian nation would begin to sink rogue foreign fishing vessels that trespass in its waters. The practice began to be employed in Indonesia after Joko Widodo became that country’s president 2014. More than 200 boats have been captured, evacuated and exploded by the Indonesian military in a practice Jokowi, as he is known, has termed “shock therapy.” “We noticed that Indonesia’s radical measures against poaching had contributed to deflation and lowered fish prices due to bountiful catches,” the Malaysian minister of agriculture and agro-based industry, Ahmad Shabery Cheek, told local media after attending a regional fisheries summit in Jakarta this week. Instead of blowing up the vessels, Malaysia will sink them in a manner that encourages artificial reefs to form, according to the minister. Since Jokowi took office, Indonesia has sunk...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/07/like-indonesia-malaysia...

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