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Jakarta Post

Sea change: Minister defends lobster seed export plan amid wave of criticism

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 17, 2019   /  07:34 pm
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Smuggled lobster seeds (-/Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry)

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo stands his ground amid a wave of criticism over his plan to lift the ban on exporting lobster seeds. The plan, if it goes through, will undo a policy put in place by his predecessor, Susi Pudjiastuti, in 2016 over sustainability concerns. Susi, conservation experts and businesspeople swiftly denounced the plan, fearing that it would disadvantage the Indonesian economy and deplete crustacean populations. In a series of videos published through the ministry’s social media accounts, Edhy addressed the criticism, saying the plan was aimed at protecting thousands of fishermen who depended on catching lobster seeds for their livelihood. “There are thousands of people [in the lobster catching business]; would we let them die of hunger? Would we let them feel distressed because they don’t have enough money for food o...