23 Aceh Fishermen Detained in Myanmar for Alleged Poaching: NGO

Antara    •    13 Februari 2019 12:12 WIB
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23 Aceh Fishermen Detained in Myanmar for Alleged Poaching: NGO
Foreign Ministry has handed over 14 Aceh fishermen who were earlier released by Myanmar authorities. (Photo: Medcom.id/Sonya)

Banda Aceh: Myanmar authorities recently detained 23 Aceh fishermen for alleged poaching in Myanmar waters, a local maritime customary NGO revealed Wednesday.

The Myanmar Navy nabbed the Aceh fishing boat carrying 23 crew members off Zardatgyi Island, Kawthoung District, Taninthayi, Myanmar. The Navy has handed over the Indonesian fishermen to the Kawthoung District authorities.

The Aceh fishermen left Aceh on Jan 29, 2019, and got arrested on Feb 6, 2019.

"The Aceh fishing boat entered Myanmar waters by accident because its compass was broken. The fishermen thought that they were still within Aceh water territory," Panglima Laot deputy secretary Miftachhuddin Cut Adek told reporters.

On November 6, 2018, 16 Aceh fishermen were detained by the Myanmar authorities for poaching in the neighboring country. Last month, fourteen of the fishermen were released and returned to Aceh Province.

The fishermen landed at Iskandar Muda International Airport on Jan 30, 2019. They then joined a handover ceremony at Aceh Governor's official residence. 

According to reports, one of them was dead during the arrest. In the meantime, the boat captain is still being held by the Myanmar government who charged him with illegal fishing activities.