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Jakarta Post

Vendors complain, sales slump while customers cheer on new Muara Baru fish market

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 16, 2019   /  05:47 pm
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Vendors arrange fish before opening shop at the Muara Baru Fish Market in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, on Saturday.(JP/Nina Loasana)

Inaugurated by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in March, hopes were high that Indonesia's first-ever modern fish market would provide facilities for sellers and buyers to meet in a clean and modern setting, modeled after the famous Tsukiji fish market in Japan. But unlike the Tsukiji fish market known for its fresh fish auction, no such activities were taking place at the Muara Baru Fish Market in Penjaringan district of North Jakarta on Saturday morning. Some vendors were waiting for customers with buckets of sea food in their stalls, while a handful of visitors were looking around for fresh fish. Some sellers have complained that these days were not bright for sales months after they were relocated to the market in February. Samsudin, one of the vendors, said he had seen sales drop by up to 30 percent after moving to the new three-story building. &ldq...