TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Ahmad Marthin Hadiwinata, coordinator of the Legal Advocacy and People Coalition Policy for Fishing Justice (Kiara), said that a number of protests aimed toward the fishing boats moratorium applied by Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, indicated that there has been a misconduct in the fishing permit issuance process.
Ahmad explained that normally, foreign boats are only allowed to fish within the Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE), and "only if [the fish supplies] are surplus."
Foreign boats may not enter a country's territorial waters without permit. "Other nations can only work on ZEE under a permit," he said.
He added that the moratorium policy has served its purpose well, given sufficient monitoring.
Previously, Minister Susi had momentarily stop permit issuance for large foreign fishing boats looking to catch fish in Indonesia. Susi said that the policy continues to be discussed in her ministry, but will remain effective until the end of 2014. The moratorium applies to boats with a volume of 30 gross tonnage (GT) or above.
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