The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti received fishermen, mostly from Central Java, at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.
The fishermen, who protested the ban on cantrang (seine net) use, held a demonstration in front of the palace on Wednesday morning.
At 2 p.m., Jokowi decided to receive some of the fishermen. The President was accompanied by Susi, State Secretary Pratikno, Tegal Regent Ki Enthus Susmono, Tegal acting mayor Nursholeh, Pati Regent Haryanto, Rembang Regent Abdul Hafidz and Batang Regent Wihaji.
Tegal Regent Ki Enthus Susmono said that the meeting aimed to bridge the differences between the government and fishermen on cantrang use.
Susmono said the fisherfolk community had worked with research institutions, including the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) to assess whether the use cantrang negatively affected the environment.
"The fishermen have conducted technical tests with five research institutions. They believe cantrang does not disrupt the ecosystem,” he said. (bbn)