Indonesia to issue regulation on illegal fishing

The Indonesian government will issue a presidential regulation on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, similar to the one implemented in the United States, Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Resources Susi Pudjiastuti said.

“There will be a presidential regulation on IUU fishing, like in the US,” the minister affirmed here on Monday.

Pudjiastuti added that the regulation will integrate officials and related institutions, such as law enforcement agencies and customs offices.

By implementing the regulation, discrepancies among institutions dealing with law enforcement issues will no longer prevail.

Furthermore, the minister has asked all stakeholders, such as entrepreneurs, to apply the traceability mechanism to their fish catch.

“We will issue a ministerial regulation on traceability,” she stated.

Earlier, Directorate General for Fisheries and Marine Resources Supervision Asep Burhanudin said that in 2015, the institution had made 62 arrests for illegal fishing.

“As many as 28 Indonesian fishing vessels and 34 foreign fishing boats were detained,” he added.

Among the foreign fishing boats, 19 were Vietnamese, seven were from the Philippines, four were from Thailand, and four others belonged to Malaysians, Burhanudin noted. 

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