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Vietnamese fishing boats are poaching fish in the North Natuna Sea by using pair trawls that damage coral reefs. Natuna fishermen are forced to go fishing longer and farther. This article on the impact of coral reef damage in the North Natuna Sea is supported by the Environmental Justice Foundation.
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.