Indonesia sinks 51 foreign boats to fight against poaching

  • An Indonesian Maritime and Fisheries Ministry patrol boat sails past foreign fishing boats caught operating illegally in Indonesian waters before sinking them off Datuk Island, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Saturday, May 4, 2019. Indonesian authorities have resumed its tough stance against poaching in the country’s water by sinking 51 foreign ships. (AP Photo/William Pasaribu)

  • Workers flood the cargo bay of a Vietnamese-flagged boats with water to sink it in the waters off Datuk Island, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Saturday, May 4, 2019. Authorities sank 51 foreign fishing boats caught operating illegally in the Indonesian waters as it resumed its tough stance against poaching in the country. (AP Photos/William Pasaribu)

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities resumed their tough stance against illegal fishing in the country’s waters by sinking 51 foreign ships Saturday, as the government ramps up efforts to exert greater control over its vast maritime territory.

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