Indonesia returns 49 Vietnamese fishermen

Vietnamnews' source from Jarkata said Indonesia yesterday repatriated 49 Vietnamese fishermen who were arrested two to three months ago for accidentally fishing in Indonesia’s seas.

Indonesia yesterday repatriated 49 Vietnamese fishermen who were arrested two to three months ago for accidentally fishing in Indonesia’s seas. — VNA/VNS Photo

Most of the fishermen hail from the southern province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, the Mekong Delta provinces Kiên Giang and Vĩnh Long, and the central province of Quảng Ngãi.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Jakarta has exerted all-out efforts to bring them home as soon as possible.

From the outset of this year, more than 500 Vietnamese fishermen have been captured by Indonesian forces for encroaching upon their seas, doubling the figure from the same period last year.

Indonesia has affirmed that it will continue its strict measures against fishing vessels operating illegally in its waters. Two months ago, the country destroyed 23 impounded foreign fishing boats, some of which were from Việt Nam.

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