From the five seized Philippine boats, the authority also arrested 13 Filipino crew members and confiscated several objects as items of evidence, including some 500 kilograms of harvested ships, he said, adding that the boats have been secured at their unit in Bitung for investigation.
Nurawaluddin said that the directorate general would observe the marine and fisheries minister's instruction to ensure that law enforcement against illegal fishing boats benefited local fishermen.
"The ministry will push for the seized boats to be handed over to local fishermen," he said.
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