Indonesia has marked its Independence Day by sinking 60 foreign ships seized for fishing illegally in the country's waters.

Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said Wednesday that the ships were sunk at eight separate locations across the Indonesian archipelago.

Pudjiastuti has organized the destruction of more than 200 illegal fishing boats since 2014.

The sinkings Wednesday were carried out in a low-key fashion compared with previous occasions, when boats were blown to smithereens and their destruction broadcast live.