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Jakarta Post

Residents lack tools to monitor destructive fishing

  • Indah Setiawati,

    The Jakarta Post,

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 24 2009   /  12:59 pm

Local fishermen and activists on Nusa Lembongan stated Saturday they do not have the necessary equipment to monitor destructive fishing practices carried out by fishermen from outside the area, placing the tiny island's underwater treasures in constant danger. Suarbawa, a local resident, said many fishermen from outside the island were regularly seen anchoring their boats some 500 meters off the beach. He said the residents could not check whether they were using hazardous chemicals or explosive material to fish in the protected reef area because they did not have sufficient boats. "We have to borrow local fisherman's boats to give chase, but we often lose them as they usually have more powerful boats," said the member of Satya Posana Nusa, a local NGO focusing on environmental conservation. Lembongan village chief I Nyoman Murta echoed similar sen...