JAKARTA, Indonesia-Indonesian authorities have resumed their tough stance on illegal fishing in the country's waters by sinking 51 foreign ships.
Maritime and Fisheries Minister Suzy pudjastti said the ships sank Saturday at five ports in the islands, home to the world's richest fishing grounds.
The fishing boats were seized from fishermen from China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
A week ago, an Indonesian naval vessel was struck by two Vietnamese coast guard vessels after it intercepted a vessel allegedly illegally fishing.
Last year, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry sank 125 foreign ships, including 86.
20 Malaysian ships and 14 Malaysian ships from the Philippines.
Indonesia says it has sunk more than 500 illegal fishing boats since October 2014.