Indonesia arrests fishermen for blast fishing practice

Indonesian medical officers are seen taking a blood samples from a youths, after they had violated the large-scale social restrictions, at a police headquarters building in Surabaya on Sunday (May 3). - AFP

JAKARTA: The Indonesian Marine Affairs and Fishery Ministry's officers have nabbed three men for their involvement in a blast fishing practice on the waters off North Sulawesi province that has destructed the environment and the ecosystem, a senior official said on Sunday (May 3).

The officers seized two assembled bombs, fish, a boat and other goods during the arrest on Thursday.

"Fishing with bombs with any reason is prohibited, because it can damage the environment and the ecosystem," said TB Haeru Rahayu, the ministry's Director General for the Marine Resources and Fishery Surveillance.

For their violation against the law, Rahayu said, all the three men will undergo a legal process.

"We will persistently take stern actions against the perpetrators of blast fishing even during the novel coronavirus pandemic," the director general was quoted by local media as saying.

Another senior official of the ministry Eko Rudianto revealed that there was an indication of escalating number of blast fishing practices recently.

"Therefore, we prepare our personnel in response to that," he said.

Thursday's arrest raises the number of perpetrators of blast fishing nabbed in the country to 29 for the last two months, according to the ministry.

Blast fishing could destroy coral reefs in 500 square meters and damaged the ecosystem.

On Saturday, the Indonesian government also announced 292 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus bringing the total number of infections in the archipelagic country to 10,843.

There were 31 new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 831, the government's spokesperson for Covid-19-related matters Achmad Yurianto said at a press conference.

Yurianto said 74 more people have been discharged from hospitals upon recovery, taking the total number of recovered patients to 1,665.

According to him, the latest number of suspected Covid-19 cases across the country is 22,545. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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