15 Dec 2005

Three Chinese fishing vessels intercepted for alleged poaching in Indonesia's Papua

2:24 pm on 15 December 2005

Police in Papua have apprehended three Chinese-flagged vessels for illegally fishing in Papuan waters.

Police chief Senior Commander Dwi Marsanto said they arrested 19 crew on board the vessels whose passports had expired.

He said dozens of other fishing boats had fled the area during the operation.

The Jakarta Post reports police also intercepted a tanker ship with 640 tonnes of diesel oil, after it had supplied fuel to fishing vessels.