Australia destroys Indonesian fishing boat found with illegal catch of shark fins, skins and flesh

DARWIN: An Indonesian fishing boat was confiscated and destroyed after it was found carrying an illegal catch of shark fins, skins and flesh, Australian authorities said on Tuesday (Nov 26).

The vessel was caught illegally fishing about 2 nautical miles inside the country's fishing zone on Nov 3, the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australia Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in a joint release.

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The boat's master was fined A$17,360 (US$11,800) in a court in Darwin, Northern Territory.

An illegal Indonesian fishing vessel was captured by the Australian Border Force and burned. (Photo: ABF)

An ABF cutter boat had "pursued and apprehended" the Indonesian vessel in the sea northeast of Darwin, the authorities said in a prior release.

Upon searching the vessel, ABF officers located five crew members with an illegal catch of 63 fresh shark fins, 16 shark skins and 60kg of shark flesh.

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