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Natuna fishermen work to preserve coral reef

  • Matheos Viktor Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

Natuna, Jakarta   /   Tue, September 23 2008   /  10:07 am
A fisherman looks at foreign ships anchored at a Navy post in Penagi, Natuna regency. About 57 foreign ships have been caught by the Indonesian Navy since 2006 for poaching, a practice that threatens local fishermen’s livelihoods. (JP/Matheos V. Messakh)(JP/Matheos V. Messakh)

A fisherman looks at foreign ships anchored at a Navy post in Penagi, Natuna regency. About 57 foreign ships have been caught by the Indonesian Navy since 2006 for poaching, a practice that threatens local fishermen’s livelihoods. (JP/Matheos V. Messakh) Eight years ago, fisherman Mohamad Delan used potassium cyanide and dynamite bombs for fishing. The 38-year-old knew it was illegal and was caught twice by the marine authorities, but he was never worried. The man, one of 1,456 fishermen in Sepempang village in Bunguran Timur subdistrict of Natuna regency, Riau Islands, could always bribe his way out of trouble. "We used to pay the navy base commander Rp 1 million a month. If we caught only one napoleon fish (cheilinus undulatus) a day, we could pay off all of our debts," he told The Jakarta Post during a visit to the island recently. "In fac...