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Will we see return of rampant IUU fishing?

  • Aristyo Rizka Darmawan

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 10 2020   /  01:43 am

It’s only a little over two months since Indonesia’s new maritime affairs and fisheries minister stepped into office; the politician Edhy Prabowo has replaced the “lowly educated” but popular Susi Pudjiastuti“I’ve made many changes and controversial policies. We are proud that one out of six tuna in the world belongs to Indonesia and [we are] number one in fisheries trade balance in Southeast Asia. So, keep Indonesia at number one,” Susi said during the handover ceremony at the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry last October. Despite criticism on the limits of her achievements, the National Committee on Fish Stock Assessment, for instance, reported that the maximum sustainable yield of Indonesian fisheries has increased significantly. From 2015 to 2017 alone, the Indonesian fisheries stock was estimated to increase from 7.3 million tons to 12.54 million tons.Therefore,...