Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti on Thursday (11/01) said the ministry will keep the controversial ship-sinking policy to deter illegal fishing. (Antara Photo/Jessica Helena Wuysang)

Indonesia to Partner With Interpol in Tackling Illegal Fishing


MARCH 02, 2015

Jakarta. The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is eying a partnership with Interpol to better tackle illegal fishing in Indonesian waters.

"The ministry will partner with Interpol to catch poachers using fake taxpayer numbers, so the ministry will not be alone [in facing this challenge]," Minister Susi Pudjiastuti told reporters on Monday, as quoted by news portal

The initiative stems from the seizure of a ship named Kunlun by the Australian government, last week. The Kunlun, which had been operating under at least 10 different names and five flags since 2006, was one of three illegal fishing ships in the Southern Ocean that had been tracked down by Interpol, which facilitates international police cooperation.

Susi stressed that illegal fishing was an international crime. She also noted that the ministry had arrested boat crews that included underage workers and others without proper documentation.

"This kind of crime committed on the oceans can be used for human trafficking," Susi said. "This is a subject for international investigation."