Two Indonesian trawlers caught off Phangnga

Two Indonesian trawlers caught off Phangnga

Crewmen and skippers on board two Indonesian fishing trawlers are detained for fishing illegally in Thai waters off Phangnga province on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)
Crewmen and skippers on board two Indonesian fishing trawlers are detained for fishing illegally in Thai waters off Phangnga province on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Achadtaya Chuenniran)

PHANGNGA: Two Indonesian trawlers have been seized and 33 crewmen and two skippers arrested for illegally fishing in Thai waters off this southern province.

Naval officers from HTMS Narathiwat, an offshore patrol ship, spotted the two trawlers fishing illegally about 130 nautical miles off the Phangnga coast on Tuesday morning, 3rd Naval Area Command chief Vice Adm Choengchai Chomchoengphaet said on Friday. 

The patrol team seized the two trawlers — Perkasa Mahera and Voltu 3 — and arrested all 33 crewmen and the two skippers on board, said Vice Adm Choengchai.

Mr Nunir was the skipper of Perkasa Mahera trawler with 29 crew members, and Mr Muhammadnasir was the skipper of Voltu 3 trawler with 4 crewmembers. Fishing equipment and 150kg of fish were seized. 

The patrol team handed over the skippers and the crew members to Thai Muang police station for legal action.

Officers of the HTMS Narathiwat patrol ship seizes two Indonesian trawlers for fishing illegally off Phangna coast on Jan 21. (Photos taken from @RTNBYSpokesperson Facebook page)


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