The Jakarta Post
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo urged member nations of the Asian-African Conference on Tuesday to end fisheries subsidies that may trigger environmental destruction.
Speaking on the sidelines of the conference to discuss regional maritime issues, Indroyono suggested that member countries abide by the World Trade Organization's (WTO) stipulations on the subsidies.
"We have to prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing. We should also eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies," he said.
"We should also recognize that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least-developed countries should be an integral part of the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiation."
The minister also mentioned the need to minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels.
"We need to establish a global program to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution." (ren)(++++)