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Global demand for seafood tests Indonesia's sovereignty

  • Fika Fawzia
    Fika Fawzia

    Public policy analyst and head of the delivery unit in the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 27, 2017   /  08:31 am
Global demand for seafood tests Indonesia's sovereignty See-through sea: A fisherman tries to reach the shore of one of the Fam Islands. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Since April 1, Thailand has closed its Andaman Bay for commercial fishing and will maintain the policy until June 30. In a similar maneuver, China will adopt a moratorium on fishing in its waters from the Yellow Sea to the East China Sea and the South China Sea from May 1 to September 1. Altogether more than 250,000 fishing vessels will be affected, and many of them will venture further to catch fish to avoid the costs of stopping operations completely. To put this into context, China is the world’s largest net exporter of seafood, while the number one net importer of seafood is the United States. However, China will soon become the world’s biggest seafood importer due to a rise in its people’s average income. China’s import volume has grown by 8 percent annually. By 2020, the Chinese government projects that as marine resources deplete, the country&rsquo...

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