SEAFish (22/6/15) – The People’s Coalition for Fishermen’s Justice (Kiara) has appealed to all parties to keep monitoring foreign ships targeting the country’s sea resources.
“Imagine. There are more than 6,000 foreign ships still moving around outside the Indonesian waters following a moratorium,” Kiara secretary general Abdul Halim said on Monday (June, 22).
The ships may possibly transform into new ships to conduct poaching of fish and other marine resources in the country’s waters, he said.
Minister Susi has said that almost all foreign ships used to catch fish in the Indonesian waters are believed to be involved in illegal fishing activities.
“Almost 99.9 percent of the ships are involved in illegal fishing or at least not reporting their catch,” she said.
The Indonesian government through the ministry of fisheries and marine resources has since November 2014 banned foreign ships from fishing in the country’s waters by issuing a moratorium of fishing licensing for foreign ships operating in the country’s waters.