The Jakarta Post
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti plans to display foreign-flagged vessels arrested by Indonesian authorities for fishing violations in the country’s waters.
The minister said her side would use the 10 foreign vessels as museums.
One of the foreign vessels to be displayed is Silver Sea 2, a Thai-flagged giant vessel weighing 2,285 gross tonnages (GT).
“This will become clear evidence [of rampant illegal fishing practices in Indonesia] in case there are parties accusing that Minister Susi has lied [about the presence of foreign vessels exploiting fish in Indonesian waters]. This will hopefully open the eyes of the Indonesian people,” said the minister as quoted by kompas.com on Friday.
The ministry has sunken fishing vessels caught in its sea patrols. Susi has decided to turn the giant vessels into museums that will be open to the public. This aims to educate people on the importance of joint efforts to combat illegal fishing.
“These 10 vessels represent several different countries. They will be displayed to give our people evidence of ongoing massive illegal fishing practices in our country. If we sink them all, there will be no evidence. People will say ‘the minister and Task Force 115 lied’,” said Susi, referring to the ministry’s unit assigned to combat illegal fishing. (ebf)