Philippine fishermen detained for poaching in Indonesian waters

Philippine fishermen detained for poaching in Indonesian waters

Philippine fishermen detained for poaching in Indonesian waters

Updated 19 December 2011, 14:14 AEDT

A group Philippine fishermen operating four fishing boats have been detained at the Nusantara Fish Port, in North Maluku, for poaching in Indonesian waters.

Indonesia's Sea patrol says following a search and investigation, it appears that none of the 73 foreign fishermen had a permit for fishing in Indonesian waters.

Authorities say they first told security personnel they were Indonesians, but when further questioned they were unable to answer in the Indonesian language, and did not have any Indonesian ID cards.

They say the permit of the four fishing vessels raised suspicion.

The four vessels came from the Philippines and often used Indonesian names on their boats in a bid to avoid arrest.

Philippine fishermen are often caught red-handed poaching in North Maluku waters.

In the past four months, at least 14 fishing vessels from the Philippines were confiscated by security patrols in North Maluku waters.