Indonesia’s War on Illegal Fishing Continues With New Sinkings
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INDONESIAThursday, November 02, 2017On October 29 2017, the Indonesian government sank another 17 foreign vessels a

Thursday, November 02, 2017

On October 29 2017, the Indonesian government sank another 17 foreign vessels alleged to have been operating illegally in its waters. The development signals Jakarta’s continued determination to pursue its declared war on illegal fishing despite the challenges it has encountered in doing so thus far.

As I have noted before, upon coming to power in October 2014, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo vowed to realize his vision of turning Indonesia into a “global maritime fulcrum” between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. While that vision has several pillars and implementation has been slow and uneven, one key manifestation of it has been clamping down on illegal fishing. Though Indonesia is the world’s second largest fish producer, Jokowi himself has said that over 5,000 ships operate illegally in Indonesian waters each year, making a mockery of Indonesian sovereignty and resulting in annual losses of over $20 billion.

The most visible and controversial manifestation of Indonesia’s crackdown on illegal fishing has been the public sinking of ships, dubbed the “sink the vessels” policy (See: “Explaining Indonesia’s Sink The Vessels Policy Under Jokowi”). But Indonesian officials have been keen to emphasize – and rightly so – that there are other important economic, legal, and diplomatic efforts that are being undertaken at home as well, including a moratorium on issuing business licenses, the setting up of local fisheries courts, and international diplomatic efforts (See: “Indonesia Wants Global War on Illegal Fishing”).

Source: The Diplomat

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