Indonesia releases more Vietnamese arrested for illegal fishing

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Hoang Anh Tuan  (in white), Vietnamese ambassador in Indonesia, with the Vietnamese fishers released on December 23, 2015. Photo: Do Quyen/Vietnam+ Hoang Anh Tuan (in white), Vietnamese ambassador in Indonesia, with the Vietnamese fishers released on December 23, 2015. Photo: Do Quyen/Vietnam+

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Indonesia on Wednesday released 42 Vietnamese fishermen who had been caught fishing illegally in the foreign waters.
The release was the 47th and the biggest this year.
Officials from the Vietnamese embassy in Indonesia said they are making a lot of efforts to bring as many fishers home as possible for the upcoming Lunar New Year festival, the biggest holiday in Vietnam and one for family reunions.
The embassy said it has helped 666 Vietnamese fishers return home this year.
Indonesia arrested 659 Vietnamese fishers violating its waters this year alone. Most of them came from the provinces of Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Binh Thuan in central Vietnam and the southern provinces of Kien Giang and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

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