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Fisherfolk feel pinch of Jakarta Bay's toxic green mussels

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 21, 2019   /  01:16 pm
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Residents remove shells off of green mussels in the Kamal Muara fishermen's village in North Jakarta on Oct. 16. Residents are complaining about a decline in mussel sales following reports that the bivalve mollusc contained toxic compounds due to severe pollution in Jakarta Bay. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Residents of a fishermen's village in Kamal Muara, North Jakarta, have said that they are suffering from a decrease in seafood sales, with reports stating that green mussels from Jakarta Bay carry serious health risks. Lilis, a 56-year-old who has been harvesting green mussels from Jakarta Bay for the last 12 years with her son and husband, said fewer and fewer people had been visiting the Kamal Muara fish market in the last several months following the reports. “We used to have a lot of people come here in the morning to buy mussels, but now there are fewer customers visiting the market. I am lucky that a seafood restaurant buys all my harvested mussels, so I haven’t been affected too much. However, other fishermen have suffered a drop in sales,” Lilis told the Jakarta Post on Wednesday morning after harvesting mussels with her husband and son. L...