TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia and Norway agreed to strengthen bilateral ties in combating illegal fishing as an effort to maintain the sustainability of the marine ecosystem.
“One of our concerns is to protect our seas from illegal fishing,” said Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Sakti Wahyu Trenggono in a written statement, Monday, February 1.
Trenggono made the statement when meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador Vegard Kaale yesterday. “Overfishing is not only faced by Indonesia but also the world. I am concerned about sustainability because our sea must be preserved for the next generation,” he said.
Trenggono underlined that the issue must be addressed together. He also agreed on regulations adopted by several countries regarding the traceability systems for fish and fishery products
Besides fisheries poaching, he added that the use of technology to detect the movements of illegal vessels needed to be encouraged. In this case, the Indonesian government asked the Norwegian government to share information and technology to prevent such illegal acts.
Trenggono went on to say that the ministry also focuses on developing domestic aquaculture as an effort to maintain sustainability amidst stagnant fisheries productivity for the last few years. The Indonesian government hopes to learn a lot from Norway's success in the fish farming sector.