Minister of Marine and Fishery Susi Pudjiastuti (left), is seen greeting people on her way to leave Bandanaira Airport, Kepulauan Banda, Maluku Tengah Regency, Saturday (Oct.21). (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Minister of Marine and Fishery, Susi Pudjiastuti, intends Indonesian fish to penetrate the European Union market, posing a threat to Vietnam’s dominance in the region, especially since the communist country received the yellow card for violating the agreement on illegal fishing.
"Vietnam has received the yellow card. It is still the yellow card, or continuing their illegal fishing activities. The country failed to show strong commitment to stop its fishermen from committing illegal fishing," said Susi, Jakarta, Monday (Oct.30).
The European Union showed Vietnam the yellow card after the country was caught exporting fish from illegal fishing activities to the block.
The European Union and the US has also banned Pangasius fillets from Vietnam after discovering that the fillets contained excessive tripolyphosphate. Minister Susi sees this as an opportunity for Indonesia to grab the market.
"Vietnam has been banned from exporting Pangasius fillets to the US. Their product contained too much chemical content," he said.
Minister Susi added that Indonesia will tighten monitoring on activities in its seas to prevent illegal fishing and smuggling. "We will tighten monitoring to prevent anymore smuggling from Indonesia, so that our fishermen can export Pangasius fillets to the US," Susi said. (dtc/mag)