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Compromise reached in ‘cantrang’ controversy

  • Moses Ompusunggu and Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 18 2018   /  12:19 am
Red herring: Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti joins fishermen on a vehicle as they protest at the National Monument complex in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. The fishermen protested the ministry’s ban on cantrang (seine net), trawl and other fishing equipment.(Presidential press bureau/ Laily Rachev)(seine net), trawl and other fishing equipment.(Presidential press bureau/ Laily Rachev)

Red herring: Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti joins fishermen on a vehicle as they protest at the National Monument complex in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. The fishermen protested the ministry’s ban on cantrang (seine net), trawl and other fishing equipment.(Presidential press bureau/ Laily Rachev)The government appears to be taking a middle ground approach to end the controversy surrounding the use of environmentally damaging fishing equipment known as cantrang (seine net), accommodating pleas from fishermen in the Muslim-majority northern coast of Java.

The decision was made following a meeting between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and a number of fishermen from the northern coast of Java who traditionally use cantrang at the State Palace, as thousands of fishermen staged a rally at the National Monument complex across from the palace.

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