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Jakarta Post

RI seeks ties to fight illegal fishing

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua   /   Wed, March 5 2008   /  02:11 pm

Indonesia announced a plan here Tuesday to forge cooperation with 10 other countries to jointly combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices. The countries concerned are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam. "Illegal fishing demands regional cooperation because this is a cross-border problem," Aji Sularso, director general of monitoring and control of maritime and fishery resources at the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry, told a workshop in Nusa Dua, Bali. The three-day forum, being hosted by the ministry, follows up on a senior official meeting held in Bangkok last year to draw up a plan to promote responsible fishing practices in the region. The regional action plan was initiated by Indonesia and Australia at the Bangkok meeting. Aji...