The Jakarta Post
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has announced she will issue an instruction to sink another 100 vessels seized on allegations of conducting illegal fishing activities in Indonesian waters.
“Within the last two years, we have sunk 317 fishing boats. This year, we will sink 100 more foreign ships,” said Susi when opening a seminar on sustainability in the marine and fisheries sector in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi over the weekend as reported by tempo.co.
Susi stressed illegal fishing in Indonesian waters remained a serious problem, therefore she would maintain her tough stance on the crime.
She said her tough policy over the last two years had been fruitful as fish production had doubled from 6 million tons to 12 million tons per year.
Based on the ministry’s findings, many foreign ships that had entered Indonesian waters not only caught fish illegally but also smuggled various goods, including cigarettes, rice and weapons.
Apart from opening the seminar, while in Kendari, the minister also met with fishermen and visited maritime tourist destinations on Bokori Konawe Island. (bbn)