Indonesia has released another 33 Vietnamese fishermen who were caught earlier for illegal fishing in its waters.
The fishermen from 12 different fishing boats were let go last Thursday after detained for between two to nine months, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Most of them came from Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province neighboring Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta provinces of Kien Giang, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Dong Thap, and the delta’s capital city Can Tho.
In 2015, the Vietnamese embassy in Indonesia helped intervene for the release of some 670 Vietnamese fishermen.
Indonesia last year arrested 660 Vietnamese, allegedly for illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, according to the embassy.