Minister of Marine Affair and Fishery Susi Pudjiastutiis seen giving a welcoming speach at the â€˜International Seminar On Sustainability in The Marine Fisheries Sector (ISSMFS) 2017â€™, at Universitas Haluoleo, Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, Saturday (16/9). (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS â€“ Minister of Marine Affair and Fishery Susi Pudjiastuti has set a spectacular target of sinking another 100 fishing boats this year, to add to the 317 boats she has already sunk.
"We have sunk 317 boats and thereâ€™s 100 more to go this year," she said, Jakarta, Saturday (16/9/2017).
Susi revealed that 1,300 fishing permits have been granted by the government, but some culprits are using one permit for five to 10 boats.
"If we donâ€™t resolve this (illegal fishing issue), we would not be able to empower our local fishermen. The national fish stock would be insufficient. In 2014, our fish stock only reached 6.5 million tons, a concerning low amount. Acts of stealing our fish have been happening for a long time," she said.
Susi added that the illegal fishing boats are large. The smallest one is from Vietnam, but already boasts a capacity of 70-160 gross tones (GT). The vessels from Thailand, China, Taiwan and other countries are huge as they can reach up to 200 GT and 500 GT. Meanwhile, their trawls can reach 50 kilometers long.
This is the reason Susi has been firm against illegal fishing. (dtc/mag)