Vietnam has issued warnings to three Thailand's boats on Wednesday for fishing illegally in Vietnamese waters off the southern coast.
The boats were spotted by marine police and officers of the Ca Mau Fishery Resources Protection Agency at around 10 a.m., about 15 nautical miles northwest of Vietnam’s DK10 oil rig.
The Thai captains on the boats confessed that they left Thailand on September 20 to fish in Vietnamese waters, Tuoi Tre reported.
Vietnam's marine police have documented the violations and escorted the three boats out of Vietnamese waters after issuing official warnings.
"Vietnamese marine police always respect and protect fishermen and never use violence against them, including foreign fishermen," Tuoi Tre quoted Colonel Doan Bao Tuyet as saying.
He said Vietnamese police deal with violations based on the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and Vietnam's Marine Law.
More foreign boats
Previously, Ca Mau fishers have reported that they saw many foreign fishing boats operating illegally off the southern province, local media reported.
Dozens of boats often intruded deep into Vietnam’s waters over the past few days, they said.
On September 22, around 20 foreign boats were reportedly fishing in the area.
Earlier on September 17, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded Thailand investigate a shooting of Vietnamese fishermen who went fishing in Thai waters. One of them was killed while two others were injured.
In any circumstances, Vietnam strongly condemns inhuman treatment and the use or threat to use force on Vietnamese fishermen, said the foreign ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh.
Thailand must properly compensate for human and property losses while preventing similar incidents, to avoid negative impacts on the two countries’ strategic partnership, Binh said.