Blowing Up Boats Sets Indonesia’s Scarce Fish Swimming Again

  • Fisheries Minister says ties with China are in good shape
  • Two countries seeking to play down territorial tensions

The Indonesian navy blows up an illegal fishing boat in North Sumatra on Feb. 22, 2016. Source: Jefta Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Indonesia’s crackdown on illegal fishing -- with the public spectacle of seized boats blown to smithereens -- may have sparked tensions with China, but the country’s fisheries minister says it has led to a significant drop in overfishing.

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