Indonesian navy blows up illegal foreign fishing vessels in spectacular fashion after confiscating ships and arresting crew

Two foreign fishing boats suspected of conducting illegal fishing activities are blown up by the Indonesian navy in Ambon bay, Indonesia, 21 December 2014.

The destruction of the Papua New Guinea-flagged vessels follows a government ruling to sink almost all foreign ships which carry out illegal fishing activities in the waters of Indonesia.

‘The ships have gone through legal procedures at the court in Ambon and their owners were found guilty of stealing fish from Indonesian waters. We must sink these ships so that other foreign ships will think twice before fishing illegally in our territory,’ said navy spokesman Commodore Manahan Simorangkir…

More photos at the link. Heavy over-fishing has depleted stocks worldwide. This response is likely related to those depleted stocks that are still available to Indonesians.