October 13, 2008

Indonesia Seeks Fishing Quota Increase for Bluefin Tuna

On 13 October, the website of the Indonesian daily Kompas reported that the Indonesian Government is attempting to secure a larger quota for southern bluefin or western bluefin tuna because the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) has set the Indonesian quota at only 750 tonnes per year. This quota is thought to be too small in comparison with the catch size, vessels and fishing companies in Indonesia.

"How to increase and divide the quota, whether it is based on the number of vessels or the number of companies, has not yet been decided. It will be discussed with stakeholders," said Purwito Martosubroto, Head of the Indonesian Tuna Commission on 11 October in Jakarta.

Indonesia has been a member of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) since 20 June 2007 and CCSBT since 8 April 2008. Consequently, Indonesian has an obligation to protect the ecosystem and marine resources, especially tuna fish populations.

NTT Seaweed Production Exceeds Annual Target

Meanwhile, in Kupang on 11 October, Head of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Fishing and Marine Agency, Anna Salean Adam, said that NTT seaweed production between January and September 2008 had reached 37,000 tonnes, superseding the 2008 production target of 27,000 tonnes.

Of the 20 districts in NTT which are seaweed producers, Lembata is the largest, producing around 10,000 tonnes per year, followed by Sikka (8,000 tonnes per year), Rote Ndao (7,000 tonnes per year) and East Flores (5,000 tonnes per year).

Originally published by Kompas Cyber Media website, Jakarta, in English 13 Oct 08.

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