Indonesia to monitor illegal fishing near S. China Sea

Kyodo News

Posted at Aug 05 2016 08:18 AM

Fiery Cross reef, located in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, is shown in this handout CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative satellite image. Reuters

JAKARTA - Indonesia will inaugurate a naval control center to monitor for illegal fishing in its territorial waters on the edge of the South China Sea, a Cabinet minister said Thursday.

The illegal activity has been on the rise in Indonesia's waters, with incidents that have involved Chinese fishing boats in many cases.

Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti told reporters that the navy's command and control center, which has been operating since July 21, will be made official on the country's Independence Day that falls on Aug. 17.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

She said that the center will be equipped with satellite and radar technology.

No further details have been provided over the center built following a series of incidents in the Natuna waters involving Chinese fishing boats and coast guard vessels in the past few months.