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Issue No:72
  • :0973–1121
  • :January
  • :2016

Journal Entry

I am encouraged when I see a dozen villagers drawn to Walden Pond to spend a day in fishing through the ice, and suspect that I have more fellows than I knew, but I am disappointed and surprised to find that they lay so much stress on the fish which they catch or fail to catch, and on nothing else, as if there were nothing else to be caught.
 
— by Henry David Thoreau

INDONESIA / ILLEGAL FISHING

No Turning Back

Despite official legislation, Indonesia is yet to institute processes to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing


This article is by Martin Hadiwinatha (hadiwinata.ahmad@gmail.com) Head of Law Development and Fisherfolk Advocacy, Indonesia Tradisional Fisherfolk Union (Kesatuan Nelayan Tradisional Indonesia)


“We have far too long turned our back on the seas, the oceans, the straits and the bays. It’s time to restore everything so that Jalesveva Jayamahe, a slogan used by our ancestors, will echo again.”

—Ir. Jokowi, the President of Indonesia, at his presidential inauguration

The public in Indonesia was surprised by the investigation of the Associated Press into the enslavement of hundreds of foreign nationals in Indonesia. In remote Benjina, in the Maluku Islands, PT Benjina Resources enslaved people who work up to 22 hours per day with no days off, locked up and forced to drink dirty water. The produce from PT Benjina Resources is sent to Thailand, from where it spreads out into international trade via seafood retailers in the US, Asia and Europe. These illegal fish catches are sold to either restaurants or as pet food.

In May 2015, the Indonesian government repatriated 659 workers of PT Pusaka...

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