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Fisherfolk feel pinch of Jakarta Bay's toxic green mussels

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 22 2019   /  01:16 am
Aw, shucks: Women shuck green mussels in the Kamal Muara fishermen's village in North Jakarta on Oct. 16. Local residents are complaining about a decline in mussel sales following reports that mussels there contained toxic compounds as a result of severe pollution in Jakarta Bay. (JP/Donny Fernando)(JP/Donny Fernando)

Aw, shucks: Women shuck green mussels in the Kamal Muara fishermen's village in North Jakarta on Oct. 16. Local residents are complaining about a decline in mussel sales following reports that mussels there contained toxic compounds as a result of 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 pose 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 ...