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Government looks to revamp fisheries policies in Natuna

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 18 2020   /  12:13 am
Almost seaworthy: A shipwright works on a wooden motorized vessel in Tanjung village, Natuna, Riau Islands, on Tuesday. The ship, which will have a capacity of 30 to 40 gross tons, is expected to be completed in about four months and cost Rp 150 million (US$11,000). (Antara/M Risyal Hidayat)(US$11,000). (Antara/M Risyal Hidayat)

Almost seaworthy: A shipwright works on a wooden motorized vessel in Tanjung village, Natuna, Riau Islands, on Tuesday. The ship, which will have a capacity of 30 to 40 gross tons, is expected to be completed in about four months and cost Rp 150 million (US$11,000). (Antara/M Risyal Hidayat)The government is planning to revise various existing fisheries policies concerning waters around Natuna, including by rebranding the controversial cantrang (seine nets), while also seeking to strengthen the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla), a senior minister has said.As Chinese vessels left Indonesia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Natuna Sea after a standoff lasting a few weeks, officials began talking about Indonesia increasing its presence in the waters on the southernmost edge of the highly disputed South China Sea and making the most of its fishing grounds.Coordinating Maritime Af...