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Draft marine zoning bylaw threatens Jakarta fishing grounds

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 11 2019   /  01:18 am

For more than 20 years, Iwan Sarmidi has lived and worked as a fisherman in northern Jakarta. Lately, a rumor has spread in his village that the government will ban fishing around the US$40 billion reclamation projects in
Jakarta Bay.Like many of his fellow poor fishermen in Muara Angke, the father of four keeps thinking of how his family would survive if he eventually lost his job. “I don’t see the government seriously talking about the zoning plan for traditional fishermen in Jakarta,” Iwan said.The Jakarta administration is drafting a bylaw on the coastal strategic area spatial plan and the zoning plan on coastal areas and small islands, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year.Mandated by the 2014 law on management of coastal areas and small islands, the regulation will become the guideline on coastal utilization and management, economic development as well a...