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    90 percent of 525 thousand Ships in Indonesia Falsified Documents

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    BANDUNG- Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) recorded nearly 90 percent of 525 thousand types of ships boats and canoes scattered in the waters of Indonesia falsified documents on their vessel volume.

    Head of Research agency and officials of Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP), M. Zulficar Mochtar said operating permissions of the ships are supposed to be checked by the center instead of provincial government due to the volume of the space ship forged by their owners. Consequently, bias of data between the Ministry of province or district occurs.

    "The vessel volume under 10 gross tones (GT) does not need to get permission. For ships with GT 5-10 volume the licenses can be accessed in district/city level. While the volume of 10-30 boats are at the hand of provincial level and vessel volume above 30 GT must obtain a permit from the central level," he told reporters in Singapore on Saturday (1/4/2017)

    They try to encourage vessel owners and fishermen to register their vessel. These efforts invited strong reactions from the ship-owners.

    "There are even foreign ships falsify their ship sizes so permits are at the hand of regency. In the regency/district, they automatically get subsidized fuel," he added.

    With regard to the moratorium of foreign-owned ships, Zulficar said the Ministry has banned 100% permit for foreign ships that want to fish in Indonesia. However, the Ministry opened a great opportunity for foreign firms to invest in fish processing industry.
     
    "As many as 90% of total volume of our ships is below 10 GT. They are operating all over Indonesia water. We no longer need of foreign ships," he said
     
    The prohibition of the use of trawl, cantrang, bombs and stun is continued by the Government. Besides they may exploit the massive numbers of fish, these activities may increasingly damage aquatic ecosystems in Indonesia. Another effort is through handling gear, transparency of licensing, financing for fishermen and marine centers building and integrated fisheries development in small islands and border areas.
     
    Zulficar said the implementation of these operational steps requires the cooperation of all parties. "These efforts are not only be implemented by a graduate of Fisheries and Marine Resources, but the whole field of science also must take a part of it," he concluded. (MAT)

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