Indonesia sinks 125 mostly foreign illegal fishing vessels

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Indonesia sinks 125 mostly foreign illegal fishing vessels

JAKARTA, Indonesia â€" Indonesia has sunk 125 mostly foreign vessels involved in illegal fishing as it ramps up efforts to exert greater control over its vast maritime territory.

The sinkings at 11 locations across Indonesia were carried out simultaneously on Monday.

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry spokesperson Lily Pregiwati said Wednesday the sinkings weren't announced in advance to avoid straining relations with neighboring countries.

Indonesia says it has sunk 488 illegal fishing vessels since October 2014, usually with explosives.

The vessels sunk on Monday included 86 Vietnamese-flagged ships, 20 Malaysian and 14 from the Philippines.

Video shot by loc al media showed fishery ministry workers scrambling to an adjacent boat from a sinking vessel that had been filled with sand and flooded.

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