‘That’s My Fish’: Indonesia’s Fisheries Enforcer Blasts Poachers
A school dropout became a seafood contractor, threatening Indonesia’s crackdown on illegal fishing, earning Kudos preservatives and prices as far away as Washington, despite its explosive methods.
One of the favorite tactics to seize foreign fishing vessels and to jump in the drills to send a message to the neighbors of their country.
Susi Pudjiastuti honored this week in Washington for his environmental work, was responsible for the destruction of hundreds of fishing vessels in the last two years as Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Government of Indonesia. Their efforts have not removed a problem that plagued the nation in the archipelago for decades, he said, but have increased fish stocks and stopped smuggling.
Catches of anchovy, shrimp and yellowfin tuna have increased, helping local fishermen and reducing food prices, said PUDJIASTUTI.
“What we earn, in fact, is respect,” said PUDJIASTUTI in the US capital, where he joined other winners of the annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, named after the author of “Tiburon.” He was cited for his efforts to protect Indonesia’s marine ecosystem, and to address poachers and organized crime.
“They can not do everything,” added PUDJIASTUTI. While 10,000 foreign vessels were used to fish in Indonesian waters “as in their own country”, he said that the new reality was clear: “No more.”
For China and others in the region, sensitive policies are also involved. Indonesia’s inflexible approach disturbed the neighbors whose boats were caught in the dredge to operate in the seas invaded by territorial disputes. The campaign may partly reflect Indonesia’s desire to show that control of the vast territory of its 17 000 islands.
PUDJIASTUTI, 52, gained popularity in the country as a campaign leader challenging initial skepticism when he was appointed minister in 2014. He had no political experience and had not completed high school. But he spent three decades as a seafood company and knew the business. She also passed Susi Air’s own air charter, distribute and export products.
Upon taking office, he quickly declared a moratorium on fishing for foreign vessels that had often operated under Indonesian flags
300 sunken ships
And to carry the point of origin, the authorities of Indonesia have flowed more than 300 foreign fishing vessels.
In the largest mass destruction in early April, Indonesian authorities have destroyed 81 empty ships on a weekend. The majority were from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. In March 2016, a large ship of the flag of Nigeria was captured poaching and black hake, after being evacuated, exploded with great fanfare. PUDJIASTUTI placed on the beach later with Navy officials, his fists high in the air with the steamer behind.
“Visual effects and the press come from their hard-to-blow practices these ships have really helped educate the world,” said Sally Yozell, director of the environmental safety program Stimson think Washington-based Center, talking about the plague Overfishing. He acknowledged, however, the regional frictions of the campaign, which included several incidents last year in Indonesia warning shots and the hoarding of Chinese fishing boats in the waters of their Natuna islands.