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Poaching produce in the North Natuna Sea is not only triggered by economic need. According to the Director of the Fleet Monitoring and Operations of the Marine and Fisheries Resources Directorate-General in the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, Pung Nugroho Saksono, a conflict similar to the Sipadan-Ligitan case between Malaysia and Indonesia should not be allowed to recur.
Vietnamese fishing boats poach fish in Malaysian and Indonesian waters not only because of dwindling stocks in their own country. This report is produced with a collaboration of journalists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, with the support of the Environmental Reporting Collective.