Convenience of licensing to overcome illegal fishing

Convenience of licensing to overcome illegal fishing
Foreign fishermen perpetrators of illegal fishing (illegal fishing) in Belawan, North Sumatra, Thursday (5/21). – Antara / Irsan Mulyadi, JAKARTA – Fishery observer Abdul Halim said that policies that facilitate the licensing of national actors from the maritime and fisheries sectors are a solution to overcoming illegal fishing activities.

"Law enforcement that is not accompanied by improvements in fishing services is absolutely necessary to minimize the repetition of the practice of fish theft," said Abdul Halim Wednesday in Jakarta (22-08-2018).

According to him, the convenience and improvement of licensing services should be able to be handled for all national fishing operators, small, medium and large.

Abdul Halim, who was also executive director of the Center for Maritime Studies for Humanity, also recalled that fish stocks in some countries experienced a decline in productivity, so the government had to pay attention.

As promulgated, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KPP) is deemed necessary to provide genuine guidance to fishing operators in order to operate smoothly and to meet various certification requirements needed to export to the US and the European Union.

"Guidance by the government is very important," said Mohiddi Suhufan, chairman of the Indonesian Association of Marine Scientists (Iskindo).

According to Abdi Suhufan, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries must provide intensive assistance, such as groups of tuna fishermen, so that fishing and processing do not harm the quality of the tuna.

Moreover, he reminded that export-oriented fishery producers must comply with and meet the requirements of exporting countries.

"In terms of regulation or agreement, the instruments are sufficiently available, for example a" catch certificate "or a catch result certificate, a requirement that the European Union applies to countries wishing to trade fishery products on their territory or health certificate," he said.

Abdi argued that the current problem was how national operators in the fisheries sector could and could follow different export requirements.

Previously, the director general of MPA Capture Fisheries Zulficar Mochtar stated that the interest in fishing activities in Indonesia has increased in recent years.

"However, there are still many violations that point to low compliance and responsibility of players in the fishing industry," Zulficar said.

That, he said, had an impact on sustainable fisheries management and caused enormous losses for states, including the downsizing of tens of thousands of ships, the practice of issuing and deriving licenses, and falsification of permit documents.

In addition, he continued to find modes such as non-compliance / technical reporting of fishery products, tax compliance (including reporting on turnover of companies), disguises by using foreign capital in the fishing industry.

"As a follow-up, the CTF is developing a policy regarding the monitoring of compliance with fishing licenses that want to prevent, detect and remedy the problem of violations of the law in the fishing sector", he explains.

Source: ANTARA

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