Indonesia’s Initiative to Bring Down Illegal Fishing

Indonesia has had a slew of illegal fishing activity on its waters. Its strategic geographical location in the most economically viable regions of the Pacific Ocean and weak maritime security conditions has enabled many environmental crimes. The country’s fisheries ministry made a press release about a Constitutional Court decision that allows civil servants to probe certain criminal acts.


The High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy in one of its papers stated that there is an existence of organized crime in the fisheries industry. Many Companies run rackets in many countries. Some are corporate in their system of operation and places like Indonesia fall victim to it. Adin Nur Awaludin, the ministry’s director-general of marine and fisheries resources monitoring, stated the adoption of stringent measures which will include seizing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) boats and vessels on its waters. Chief executive of the NGO Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative (IOJI) Mas Achmad Santosa, pointed out that Indonesia loses about $4 billion per year to the black market of fishing, which has to account for sooner rather than later.