Public should get involved in fight against fish shelling: ministry

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Based on our records, the waters of Simeuleu are relatively still prone to fish bombardment. With the help of the community involved in this watchdog group, we expect it to strengthen treatment efforts.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has urged the public to get involved in the monitoring of marine and fisheries resources, including helping to prevent the shelling of fish that is rampant in Simeuleu, in the province of Aceh.

“Based on our records, the waters of Simeuleu are relatively still prone to fish bombardment. With the help of the community involved in this monitoring group, we expect it to enhance treatment efforts,” the ministry’s Director General of Marine and Fisheries Resources Monitoring, Adin Nurawaluddin, said in a press release on Friday.

The community monitoring group (Pokmaswas) plays an important role in the framework of the integrated monitoring developed by the ministry, he underlined.

Besides acting as the eyes and ears of the watchdog, the group should be able to become the ambassadors who convey messages about the importance of preserving marine and fisheries resources, he explained.

“This is one of the participatory approaches that we continue to promote as stipulated in the Fisheries Law,” Nurawaluddin noted.

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Meanwhile, during Pokwasmas’ technical orientation in recent days, the ministry’s Director General of Marine Resource Management Oversight, Halid K. Jusuf, stressed the importance of Pokwasmas members having a good understanding of the monitoring of protected fish species and water conservation areas, preventing destructive fishing practices, as well as guaranteeing the limit of authority in control assistance.

As directed by Jusuf, Simeuleu District Chief Erli Hasim expressed his support for the ministry to strengthen public involvement in Simeuleu Sea protection.

He claimed that the people of Simeuleu valued their seas very much and would not allow destructive activities, such as shelling of fish, to take place.

“Our residents even chased the bombers into the sea. It reflects how much they really love their seas,” he remarked.

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