Minister of Marine Affairs and Fishery Susi Pudjiastuti is seen in a seminar at the Jogja Expo Centre, Yogyakarta, Friday (Dec.15). (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, has instructed Minister of Marine Affairs and Fishery, Susi Pudjiastuti, to stop sinking foreign ships caught stealing fish in Indonesian waters. The latter seems to be resisting.
"We have told the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fishery to stop sinking ships this year. We have sank enough ships and should start focusing on boosting production to export our fish products," Luhut said, after a coordination meeting at his office in Jakarta, Monday (Jan.8).
Luhut said ships caught catching fish in Indonesian waters shall be confiscated as state assets.
"We want to look into the future. Other nations already know that we can be firm. The issue now is production," he said.
IT'S THE LAW – Disappointed with the instruction, Susi explained that the policy is according to the law.
"Please spread this information as many may not know yet. The sinking of the foreign ships is based on the Law on Fishery," she said.
She further explained that the sinking of the ships was based on binding court rulings.
"When the court makes a ruling, we must execute or it would be contempt of court. Therefore, it would be wrong to say that the action is based on Susi’s regulation," Susi said.
Minister Susi had warned that some parties have interest to stop Indonesia sinking ships caught stealing on her waters. They have even conveyed requests to have the ships returned to the fishermen.
"It is reported that investors and owners of the confiscated ships have been lobbying the government, so that the ships are put on auction," she said, Friday (18/8/2017).