30 Jun '16, 12pm

Amid illegal fishing crackdown, Indonesia to buoy legal catch

The Indonesian fisheries ministry aired plans last week to expedite its permit-issuance process and get thousands of fishing boats stranded in ports across the archipelago back up and running. The announcement, which was accompanied by the issuance of 312 new or renewed licenses, comes amid pressure from business associations and President Joko Widodo to not let domestic fishers fall victim to the ministry’s clean-up of an industry rife with collusion, poaching and overfishing. Golkar Party lawmaker Titiek Soeharto, deputy head of Commission IV overseeing agriculture and fisheries at the House of Representatives in Jakarta, told Mongabay that no less than 1,600 fishing boats had been anchored at Maura Baru Port in North Jakarta since early 2016. “After I met directly with the boat owners…it is clear that the problems have to do with licensing,” she said. “Generally speakin...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/06/amid-illegal-fishing-cr...

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