Workers load frozen baby tuna into a basket before selling them at Muara Baru fish market in Jakarta. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Indonesia to Issue New Regulation to Protect Tuna From Overfishing

BY :DAMES ALEXANDER SINAGA

NOVEMBER 20, 2017

Jakarta. The Indonesian government is planning to issue a new regulation to protect tuna from the dangers of overfishing, a senior official from the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry said on Monday (20/11).

Rifky Effendi Hardijanto, the secretary general of the ministry, said globally tuna population is continuing to decline.

According to a recent assessment from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Pacific Bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) faces a real danger of becoming extinct.

The IUCN has already declared the Atlantic Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) as endangered in 2011 and the Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) as nearly threatened.

"We need a new regulation on tuna fishing in Indonesia, desperately. Tuna has been overfished for too long," Rifky said in Jakarta.

He said tuna fishing should boost the welfare of fishermen, not threaten it.

"Fish is one our greatest natural resources. Fishing should be controlled so its positive impact can remain sustainable," Rifky said.

In 2016, Indonesia was ninth in the list of major tuna exporters in the world. It was ranked sixth in the previous year.

The number one tuna exporter in the world is Papua New Guinea. The country exported 872,744 tons of tuna last year, according to data from the Indonesian Tuna Association (Astuin).

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