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Jakarta Post

Govt wants fish cages removed from Lake Toba

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Thu, July 18 2019   /  01:02 am

The government aims to clear Lake Toba of floating net cages (KJAs) 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 KJAs.Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said the government’s stance was clear: Lake Toba must be free of any KJAs 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 KJAs 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 was not completely cleared of KJAs by the local adminis...