Yahoo News reports that the Republic of Palau has burnt 4 boats that were being used by Vietnamese fisherman to illegally fish in Palau’s waters. They were among the 15 that have been impounded since last year and were loaded with sharks and shark fins, lobsters, sea cucumbers and reef fish. Since the end of 2014, the Indonesian Navy has sunk 41 foreign illegal fishing vessels as well, suggesting that both nations are taking a much stronger line on illegal fishing, despite potential conflict with neighbors over the policies.
Palau’s President, Tommy Remengesau Jr., commented: “We wanted to send a very strong message. We will not tolerate any more these pirates who come and steal our resources.”