TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Fishery and Maritime Affairs Ministry has activated airborne surveillance to curb illegal fishing activities in Indonesian waters.
Agus Suherman, the acting director general for Marine and Fishery Resources, said airborne surveillance is an additional effort in combating illegal fishing. He claimed that so far it has shown positive results.
“So far, nine boats have been captures, 12 illegal tools confiscated, and nine rumpons," he said in a press conference in Jakarta, Thursday.
Meanwhile, As of April 11, the directorate general's illegal fishing combat methods have resulted in the capture of 28 illegal fishing boats, 28 of which are foreign vessels.
Rumpon is banned because it may hamper the tuna's paths to Indonesian waters. Indonesia is currently the world's largest tuna supplier, with the highest trade balance.
In the last three years, one of every six tuna fish captured worldwide is from Indonesia, whose main markets are Japan, America, EU countries, Korea, and Hong Kong.
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