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Rappler's latest stories on illegal fishing


Bantay Dagat official sees work as high-risk, high-reward

Nov 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Romelito Lirasan, Bantay Dagat chief of San Remigio, Cebu, is grateful that most fishermen in his town help defend their marine sanctuaries. But there's a lot of work to do.

Romelito Lirasan Photo courtesy of Oceana

Combatting illegal fishing in Palawan's Calamianes

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Left unaddressed, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing would continue to wreak havoc in the Calamianes, whose coastal and marine ecosystems are among the most diverse and extensive in the Philippines

FIGHT VS ILLEGAL FISHING. The island communities in the Calamianes are dependent on fishing as their main source of livelihood, supplemented with small-scale agriculture and forest-based occupations. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Indonesia to sink scores of boats to deter illegal fishing

May 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The practice has resumed since last week when a Vietnamese coastguard boat rammed an Indonesian navy ship attempting to seize an illegal trawler

SCUTTLED. Indonesian authorities sink a Vietnamese fishing boat at Datuk island, in West Kalimantan on May 4, 2019. Photo by Louis Anderson/AFP

Dozens of Filipinos repatriated from Indonesia

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The Filipinos were nabbed for either illegal fishing, overstaying, or illegal entry, say Philippine authorities

6 arrested in Bataan for making fishing dynamites

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The manufacturing of explosives for illegal fishing appears to be a family business, says the Philippine Coast Guard

PCG deploys 2 more boats in anti-poaching operations

Apr 10, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The two Monitoring Control and Surveillance MCS vessels are meant to run after local and foreign poachers in Philippine waters

POLICING AGAINST POACHERS. New boats are being deployed to help stop poachers. Image from Philippine Coast Guard website at

Pencurian ikan, 14 kapal ditangkap di NTT

Dec 23, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Sebanyak 7 ton ikan dicuri dari Perairan Nusa Tenggara Timur sepanjang 2016

CA acquits 12 Chinese fishermen of poaching at Tubbataha Reef

Dec 19, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The fishermen are now in a temporary shelter pending their deportation to China

CONVICTS NO MORE. The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing at Tubbataha Reef on April 2013. File photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

Perusahaan Malaysia pekerjakan WNI untuk curi ikan di Indonesia

Sep 21, 2016 - 1:28 AM

Tidak bisa menunjukkan kelengkapan surat yang sah kasus ini akan terus diproses dan diselidiki lebih lanjut

DiCaprio unveils free technology to spy on global fishing

Sep 15, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The technology known as Global Fishing Watch is officially released to the public during the Our Oceans Conference

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Aug 02, 2016 - 7:32 PM

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Indonesia segera bangun dermaga kapal perang di Natuna

Jun 30, 2016 - 9:52 AM

Pembangunan fasilitas militer di Pulau Natuna pasca terjadi pelanggaran teritori laut oleh Tiongkok

BANGUN DERMAGA KAPAL PERANG. Peta wilayah perairan Natuna. Ilustrasi dari situs resmi Setkab

Chinese poachers pay P9-M fine to PH gov't

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:13 PM

The Chinese fishermen are charged for poaching gathering and possession of precious corals and use of destructive gears in Philippine waters

CAUGHT. Members of BFAR-Cagayan apprehend Chinese fishermen caught fishing in Philippine waters on May 25, 2016. Photo from BFAR Cagayan PFO Facebook page

Indonesia navy says Chinese fishing is 'ruse' to stake claim

Jun 21, 2016 - 10:07 PM

The commander of the Indonesian navy s western fleet said he suspected the incursions were structured indicating the Chinese government had given its blessing

TENSIONS AT SEA. This picture taken on April 23, 2016 shows a member of the Indonesian navy standing before Chinese trawler Hua Li-8 in Belawan, North Sumatra. File photo by Abimata Hasibuan/AFP

Indonesia opens fire on Chinese boat, defends decision

Jun 21, 2016 - 2:55 PM

The shooting was definitely according to procedure

ILLEGAL FISHING. Police on a boat are seen past the remnants of illegal fishing boats blown up with explosives by Indonesian authorities in April 5, 2016.  File photo by AFP

China says Indonesia fired on fishing boats, injuring crewman

Jun 19, 2016 - 9:50 PM

UPDATED Beijing s foreign ministry accuses Indonesian naval ships of harassing Chinese fishermen in the South China Sea

This picture taken on April 23, 2016 shows a member of the Indonesian navy standing before the Chinese trawler "Hua Li-8" (L) in Belawan, North Sumatra. Indonesian warships have detained a Chinese trawler allegedly operating illegally in Indonesian waters, just weeks after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries caused tensions, the navy said on April 24. / AFP PHOTO / ABIMATA HASIBUAN

'Ground-breaking' accord on illegal fishing enters force

Jun 05, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The international treaty called the Port State Measures Agreement becomes legally binding in 29 countries

epa05110323 A Myanmar migrant fisherman enjoys a drink on a Thai fishing boat after unloading fish at a jetty in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, 19 January 2016. The European Union's technical team arrive Thailand to observe the Thai government's progress in tackling illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing problem. Thai fishing industry has accused and warned by EU over illegal fishing and the abuse of worker in the industry. The European Union threatened an import ban on Thai seafood products in its market if the country's IUU fishing situation not improve. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

China angry after Indonesia fights back, seizes Chinese fishing boat

May 30, 2016 - 7:50 PM

We have made stern representations with Indonesia concerning this matter says a peeved Chinese official

ILLEGAL FISHING. Surveillance vessels chased and caught a Chinese fishing boat allegedly operating in waters near the Indonesian Natuna Islands without a permit. File photo by AFP/Therence Koh

Indonesia has a new tool to fight China, others on illegal fishing

Apr 27, 2016 - 4:57 PM

It will also allow Indonesia to accurately monitor its remote territory including in the South China Sea where Indonesian and Chinese vessels clashed last month

ILLEGAL FISHING. An illegal fishing vessel 'Viking' is sunk in the waters off Pangandaran, West Java province, Indonesia. Photo by EPA

Sea saga continues: Indonesian navy impounds Chinese trawler for illegal fishing

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:41 PM

The incident happened just weeks after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries caused tensions

ILLEGAL FISHING. The Indonesian navy holds crew members of the Chinese trawler Hua Li-8 in Belawan, North Sumatra. AFP PHOTO / ABIMATA HASIBUAN

Indonesia demands 'bully' China hand over fishing boat

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:23 PM

It was the latest salvo in a rare public row between the nations which began two weeks ago when Indonesian and Chinese vessels clashed near Indonesia s Natuna Islands

NO BULLYING. Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti calls on China to hand over a fishing boat it claims was operating illegally in its waters near the South China Sea. AFP

Indonesia defends shooting at Taiwanese fishing boats

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:24 PM

It was the latest example of Jakarta taking a tougher approach to defending its waters

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Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

Mar 20, 2016 - 11:16 PM

We respect a big country like China and China should also respect the sovereignty of Indonesia and respect that we are at war with illegal fishing

SEIZED BOATS. A Chinese fisherman sits atop one of the 3 seized Chinese fishing boats at the military port in southern Zamboanga City in March 2007. AFP PHOTO/THERENCE KOH

Argentinian coast guard sinks Chinese fishing boat

Mar 16, 2016 - 10:09 AM

UPDATED Argentina s coast guard sinks a Chinese fishing boat that attacked when authorities tried to stop it for illegal fishing in the South Atlantic

The Chinese fishing vessel Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010. Frame grab from the video of the Argentine Coast Guard

30 kapal pencuri ikan ditenggelamkan hari ini

Feb 22, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Ini adalah kali pertama penenggalaman kapal ilegal pada 2016

Sejumlah pelaku ‘illegal fishing’ digelar bersama sejumlah alat bukti di Markas Polair Polda Sumsel Palembang, pada 11 Februari 2016. Foto oleh Feny Selly/Antara

APEC ministers endorse action plan on food security, ‘blue economy’

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:11 PM

The action plan will help ensure the security of the region’s food supply by addressing illegal unregulated and unreported fishing among others says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

WIDENING APEC's impact. APEC ministers discuss how to widen APEC’s reach and impact, in keeping with the APEC 2015 theme, Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World. Photo from APEC

PH seizes Vietnamese fishing vessel off Ilocos

Oct 10, 2015 - 9:11 AM

7 Vietnamese fishermen who allegedly caught manta rays tuna and shark meat and fins in Philippine waters are arrested

CORVETTE. BRP Apolinario Mabini is one of the Philippine Navy's modern ships. File photo from the Philippine Navy

Activists find Taiwanese ship with 'illegal' shark fins

Sep 10, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Greenpeace said the Shuen De Ching No 888 reportedly a Taiwanese flagged tuna longliner was operating in international waters near PNG when activists boarded it

Frozen tuna imports buoys GenSan’s fish production in H1

Aug 07, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Overall local production drops 33 in H1 due to the prolonged dry season global decline in tuna catch and Indonesian restrictions on foreign fishing vessels

9 Chinese fishermen freed from Palawan jail

Jun 10, 2015 - 1:08 PM

A local court issued a release order June 8 on the request of the fishermen s lawyer in accordance with procedure

NOW FREE. In this file photo, a group of Chinese fishermen leave a court in Puerto Princesa, Palawan island on November 24, 2014, after they were found guilty of poaching. Diana Ross Setenta/AFP

52 fishermen detained in Indonesia arrive in Davao

Jun 03, 2015 - 8:11 PM

The fishing boats of the arrested fishermen were destroyed by Indonesian authorities in the waters of Kema North Minahasa last May 20

File photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Indonesia sinks 41 foreign boats to deter illegal fishing

May 21, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The boats include 11 from the Philippines and the first one from China

FISH HABITAT. Papua New Guinea-flagged fishing boats taken into custody for illegal fishing activities are blown up by the Indonesian navy in Ambon bay on December 21, 2014. Photo by EPA

EU extends PH warning card vs illegal fishing

Feb 17, 2015 - 2:06 PM

The Philippines has another 6 months before the EU decides whether or not to ban the country s fish products from entering its market

BOUNTY TO WASTE. The Philippines exports billions of pesos worth of fish products to the EU, one of its biggest markets. Photo courtesy of Oceana

The wRap Indonesia: Jan. 13, 2015

Jan 13, 2015 - 2:42 PM

AirAsia jet exploded as it hit water Jakarta monorail gets cancelled Bekasi outrage over Indosat ad and more

REWARDED. Indonesian navy divers on a boat after conducting operations to lift the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 from the sea bed on January 8, 2015. Photo from EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Dec. 22, 2014

Dec 22, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Indonesia sinks 2 foreign ships reform team wants 88 octane fuel imports stopped motorcycle ban gets former governor s support and more

GOING DOWN. Two Papua New Guinea ships used for illegal fishing burning in Ambon Bay, Maluku, on December 21, 2014. Photo from the Indonesian Cabinet Secretariat

Will PH meet EU deadline for tougher law vs illegal fishing?

Dec 17, 2014 - 2:00 PM

President Benigno Aquino III is expected to sign amendments to the Philippine Fisheries Code within December but commercial fishers are reportedly up in arms over stiffer penalties under the law

FISHING SECTOR AT RISK. Yellow fin tuna are lined up at the General Santos fish port. File photo by Edwin Espejo

Jokowi’s tough new maritime policy takes shape

Dec 10, 2014 - 4:38 PM

Indonesia s actions against illegal fishing boats send a message to China

SINKING SHIPS. This picture taken on December 5, 2014 shows a Vietnamese fishing boat in flames after Indonesian Navy officers blew up the vessel due to illegal fishing activities in the remote Anambas Islands. Indonesia blew up and sank three empty Vietnamese boats on December 5, the navy said, as the world's biggest archipelago nation pushes to stop foreigners from illegally fishing in its waters. Photo by Sei Ratifa/AFP

Indonesia sinks 3 Vietnamese boats to stop illegal fishing

Dec 05, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Explosives were attached to the boats before two government vessels fired on them from a distance

ILLEGAL FISHING. Indonesia says it will sink foreign ships caught illegally fishing in Indonesian waters like this Chinese ship that was caught illegally transhipping frozen tuna in 2012.  File photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Dec. 5, 2014

Dec 05, 2014 - 11:38 AM

Online freedom declines in Indonesia 3 foreign vessels set to be sunk in Riau an order to install GPS devices on all Jakarta cabs and more

IN COURT. Former Indonesian Vice President Boediono (C), who also was former governor of Bank Indonesia, testifies during the trial of former Bank Indonesia deputy governor Budi Mulia at the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court in May 2014. File photo by EPA

PH convicts Chinese poachers despite Beijing's warnings

Nov 24, 2014 - 3:20 PM

The 9 Chinese fishermen arrested in May are fined 100 000 each for poaching with an additional 120 000 pesos 2 730 fine for catching an endangered species

CAPTURED. Photos of poached sea turtles (pawikan) in the Chinese vessel intercepted by the PNP Maritime Group on May 6. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group

Heavier illegal fishing penalties 'oppresive' – fishers' group

Nov 23, 2014 - 7:29 PM

A higher illegal fishing penalty proposed by lawmakers goes up to P1 million and fishing companies are not happy

FISHERIES DAY. Estelito Marijuan, 58, arranges dried fish at a fishing village during the celebration of World Fisheries day in Parañaque City on Friday, November 21. World Fisheries day is celebrated every year to highlight the importance of maintaining the world's fisheries. Photo by EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Nov. 19, 2014

Nov 19, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Jokowi s tough line on illegal fishing the nationwide public transport strike in protest of the fuel price hike Ahok s inauguration as Jakarta governor and more

PROTEST. Indonesian students lay down on the street during an anti-fuel price hike protest at the presidential palace in Jakarta on November 18, 2014. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Chinese fisherman dies in clash with S. Korea coastguard

Oct 10, 2014 - 3:06 PM

South Korea coastguard officer board a number of Chinese vessels suspected of illegal fishing

Follow the law, China tells fishermen amid PH ruling

Aug 07, 2014 - 5:00 PM

China also vows to assist the 12 Chinese fishermen whose ship ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef found outside the disputed South China Sea

File photo of the 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing in Tubbataha Reef, April 2013. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

12 Chinese jailed for illegal fishing in Palawan

Aug 05, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The 12 were arrested at the Tubbataha Reef in April last year after their 48 meter 157 foot boat hit and badly damaged it

File photo of the 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing in Tubbataha Reef, April 2013. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

12 Vietnamese jailed in Philippines for illegal fishing

Jun 18, 2014 - 7:03 PM

The fishermen are set to spend 6 months in jail with a total fine of US 100 000 for fishing illegally having a boatload of sharks when they were arrested off Palawan

Cebu police seize half ton of shark meat

Jun 14, 2014 - 6:57 PM

The meat to be used as ingredients for tempura and fish balls comes from thresher sharks a vulnerable species

THRESHER SHARK. A species listed as "vulnerable" by the IUCN. Photo by Steve De Neef

EU says PH faces import ban over illegal fishing

Jun 10, 2014 - 7:25 PM

The EU will only lift its yellow card on trade if the country is able to curb illegal fishing in 6 months

FISHERIES SECTOR. Can the Philippines fulfill EU standards on illegal fishing measures in 6 months? Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

More illegal fishers seized if not for 'slow' PH boat – PNP

May 08, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Authorities acknowledge that the incident bared the shortcomings of Philippine maritime police but more equipment will be purchased to beef up its patrol

ARRESTED. The Philippine National Police Maritime Group apprehend the Qiongqionghai 09063 at the Half Moon Shoal off the coast of Palawan. Photo courtesy of the PNP Maritime Group