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Government wants fish cages removed from Lake Toba to boost tourism

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan   /   Wed, July 17, 2019   /  01:03 pm
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Amazing view: Lake Toba is so huge that it actually looks like an ocean.(ANN/The Star/Allison Lai)

The government aims to clear Lake Toba of floating net cages (KJA) companies and individuals use for breeding fish because they are damaging the environment and polluting the lake water. The government demanded the North Sumatra governor and regents nearby to clear the biggest lake in Southeast Asia of KJA. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said the government’s stance is clear: Lake Toba must be free of any KJA and it wanted the "Zero KJA Movement", which was initiated several years ago, to be realized as soon as possible by the governor and regents near the lake. “We want zero KJA for Lake Toba; the governor will lead [the movement],” Luhut said after inaugurating a ride-hailing service at Kualanamu International Airport on Thursday. Luhut said that foreign tourists would not come to the lake if it is not comp...