Detained Vietnamese Fishermen Return Home From Indonesia

JAKARTA, June 20 (Bernama) — Twenty-eight Vietnamese fishermen, who were arrested by Indonesian authorities for accidentally fishing in Indonesia’s seas, were flown home on Sunday, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Most of the fishermen were from the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

They were detained in Indonesia for two months, and were sent back to Vietnam through Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Indonesia also repatriated two Vietnamese captains on June 16 after two years’ detention.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia is working to complete procedures for more than 20 fishermen to return home next week.

Tran Minh Cu, First Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy to Indonesia, said that the embassy has always reminded the fishermen and boat owners to be aware of regulations on fishing areas while taking on offshore activities to avoid violations of foreign sea territory.

From the outset of this year, more than 500 Vietnamese fishermen have been captured by Indonesian forces for encroaching upon their sea areas, doubling the figure in the same period last year, according to VNA.

Indonesia affirms that it continues strict measures on vessels operating illegal fishing.

Two months ago, the country destroyed 23 foreign fishing boats, including some from Vietnam.