TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Maritime Affairs and Fishery Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti, stated that the sustainable maritime and fishery sector is currently Indonesia’s primary source of state revenue, unlike the mining industry.
“Our resources that are rich in content such as oil and mines are nearly running-out, and it will never come back. But we have continuous sustainable natural resources in the maritime and fishery sector,” Says Minister Susi on Thursday, April 21, 2017.
The sustainability of this sector, according to Susi, could only be achieved if it is properly preserved. She argues that the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 44 is one of the President’s commitment to preserve the sustainability of Indonesia’s maritime natural resources.
The decree includes fish catching activities in the list of negative foreign investments, which she considers as a victory for the country.
“It’s a a victory for us Indonesians. But if we can’t preserve this then it’s the end of our last line of natural resources,” Minister Susi explained.
Minister Susi Pudjiastuti also revealed that a number the Ministry’s policies in fighting against fish theft such as the vessel moratorium proved to show a great result in keeping the nation’s sea safe.