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Trawlers threaten income of fishermen in N. Sumatra, Riau

  • Rizal Harahap and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru/Medan   /   Thu, September 15 2016   /  08:19 am

Trawlers operating in the waters off Riau and North Sumatra have been blamed for drastically reducing the incomes of local fishermen. Local fisherman are now urging their respective administrations to curb the operations of the trawlers.

In Riau, Bagan Siapiapi chairman Jumadi said some 25 trawlers with a minimum tonnage of 500 GT had been operating in Rokan Hilir waters. They are predicted to have come from North Sumatra.

“The colors of the boats are different from those of local fishermen. The number of trawlers continues to increase day after day,” Jumadi told reporters on Tuesday.

He said the presence of the trawlers was troubling to local fishermen who normally went 19 kilometers out to the sea from Bagan Siapiapi beach. He said that even without their presence, local fishermen had been experiencing hardship.

Jumadi revealed that to go fishing in the ...