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.
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.