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Grouper cultivators demand compensation for dead fish

  • Oyos Saroso H.N

    The Jakarta Post

Bandarlampung   /   Thu, January 10 2013   /  08:02 am

Hundreds of grouper cultivators, affiliated with the Lampung Grouper Communication Forum (Fokkel), have reported the Panjang branch of state-run port operator PT Pelindo to the Lampung Police for failing to address pollution in Lampung Bay.

The fish farmers demanded the Panjang branch of PT Pelindo be held responsible for the deaths of all their fish cultivated in floating nets off Hanura Beach in Pesawaran regency.

Tons of grouper and other fish in Lampung Bay have died since December last year. The deaths were allegedly caused by a red algae boom in Lampung Bay over the past two weeks that occurred after waste was dumped into the sea.

“We are not protesting the coastal dredging, but Pelindo did not coordinate with us prior to dumping the waste into the sea. It should not have dumped the dredging sediment near our floating nets,” said Fokkel leader Mulia Bangun ...