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RI to Ban Non-Investing Foreign Fishery Operators February 17, 2006

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ANTARA News – 2006-02-17 09:47:31

February 16, 2006

Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian government will start banning foreign ships from fishing in Indonesian waters in 2007 in the absence of international cooperation or investment in fisheries, State Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fishery Freddy Numberi said on Thursday.

“Starting next year, no foreign ships will be allowed to fish in Indonesian waters except if they establish cooperation or investment in fisheries ” he told students of the Surabaya Technology Institute (ITS).

He said the ban was in line with the expired contract of the foreign ships (to operate) in Indonesia such as the Philippines (last December), Thailand (next September) and China (next December).

“Therefore, if there are foreign ships entering Indonesia (without any cooperation or investment scheme), they will be illegal ones,” he added.

He said foreign ships could remain operating in Indonesia in 2007 but under beneficial cooperation schemes, namely they should invest some money in Indonesia first and not only obtain a fishing license like before.

“Under a license, they can enter Indonesia and bring home the fishes they have caught provided they pay some money. But starting in 2007, they can not enter Indonesian waters if they have yet to invest here,” he said.

He further said three Philippine companies have expressed their wish to invest in Sorong (Papua) and Ambon (Maluku) with a total investment of Rp200 million (US$21,739.13) with 60 ships and added similar proposals had been made by Thai and Chinese companies.

He added his ministry was now calculating whether limitation for the ship number was necessary or not to maintain the fish potentials. (*)

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