PHL, Indonesia agree to cooperate in combating illegal fishing

“Indonesia and the Philippines are two of the world’s largest archipelagic states, and are among the top five countries with the longest coastlines. We are both parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and of the Coral Triangle Initiative. Therefore, closer cooperation and coordination between our two countries in maritime affairs is vital,” President Aquino said in joint press conference with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Malacañang after a bilateral meeting.

The President added that Philippines and Indonesia “agreed to coordinate more closely on a number of maritime issues. Having found success in delimiting our exclusive economic zones, we are more encouraged to further improve our approach to maritime boundary delimitation, border cooperation, and cooperation in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing or IUUF under the scope of the Philippines-Indonesia Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation or JCBC.”

In December 2014, Indonesia initiated ‘shock therapy’ for illegal poachers to stop poaching in Indonesian waters. “Every day there [are] around 5,400 [foreign] boats in our ocean and our sea. And 90% of them are illegal. So to give shock therapy to them, of course, we [are] sinking them,” the Indonesian President told The Wall Street Journal last year.