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Illegal fishing a common threat

  • Minister Susi Pudjiastuti and Trevor Matheson

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Jakarta   /   Tue, June 6, 2017   /  10:32 am
Illegal fishing a common threat Four Vietnamese-flagged fishing boats were caught by an Indonesian maritime patrol boat for allegedly fishing in Indonesian waters. As many as 44 out of 55 Vietnamese sailors escaped and rescued by a Vietnamese coast guard vessel which obstructed the arrest by Indonesian authorities. (The Jakarta Post/Source)

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) is a global threat impacting on many countries including in Asia and the Pacific region. It results in direct loss of income from catch that could have been taken by local fishermen. It can seriously impair efforts to achieve sustainable fisheries and can, in some cases, ultimately lead to the collapse of stocks and livelihoods for local communities.

Indonesia has the world’s sixth largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ), while New Zealand has the ninth largest EEZ. Both countries have a strong interest in protecting fisheries resources and its small-scale fishermen. Such interest has triggered Indonesia and New Zealand to cooperate in tackling the challenges of IUU fishing. 

In 2016, Indonesia and New Zealand signed a Joint Communiqué to Combat IUU Fishing and to Promote Sustainable Fisheries...

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