Suara Denpasar – The 2023 Archipelagic and Island State (AIS) Summit in Bali is considered only “sweetener” on paper. Apart from the ironic news about several small islands in Indonesia which almost sank.
There is another story from a fisherman from Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). Amin Abdullah, a fisherman in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, emphasized that the 2023 AIS Summit will not be beneficial for the lives of traditional fishermen in Indonesia as long as the government does not want to stop all projects that damage coastal areas, seas and small islands, such as current sea sand mining. legalized by PP no. 26 of 2023.
According to Amin, fishermen’s lives are now increasingly difficult due to the impact of the climate crisis. One of the impacts of the climate crisis is that many traditional fishermen in East Lombok have to go farther to sea to catch fish in Sumba waters.
“The situation on the ground is getting worse. Fishermen have to face the climate crisis on one hand. “On the other hand, they have to deal with the impact of sea sand mining which was previously allocated for the reclamation of Benoa Bay,” he stressed.
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According to Amin, who is the Chair of the Fishermen’s Resources Development Institute (LPSDN), fishermen’s lives have also become increasingly difficult since the passing of the Job Creation Law and PP No. 11 of 2023 concerning Measurable Fishing, traditional fishermen have to take care of very complicated permits.
“We can imagine how fishermen process so many permits, ranging from very complicated ship permits, fishing permits, to permits to obtain fish harvest quotas,” he explained.
Thus, said Amin, the 2023 AIS Summit will clearly not have any positive impact on the lives of traditional fishermen who have to fight every day against the impacts of the climate crisis and poor management of marine and fisheries resources.
“Various types of international meetings in Indonesia, such as the 2023 AIS Summit, will still make life difficult for traditional fishermen in Indonesia,” he said. ***
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