Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti (Jan. 11, 2018)

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) –The growth of export value of marine and fishery products became one of the main concerns of the President Joko Widodo’s administration. Based on Indonesia Statistics in the period of January – November 2016-2017, the export value of fishery products increased 8.12 per cent from US$3.78 billion in 2016 to US$4.09 billion 2017.

Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti said in a press conference, her ministry will keep its ship-sinking policy to combat illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, despite criticism by Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

The minister added that the policy has contributed to the country’s welfare by protecting its fish resources, and will support economic growth in the future.

“The ship-sinking is protected under the constitution,” Pudjiastuti said.

The value of Indonesia’s fishery trade balance within the period of 5 years from 2012-2016 increased by 2.31 per cent per year. This figure is higher when compared with competitor countries exports, such as China (+0.60 per cent), Vietnam (-21.39 per cent), Philippines (-6.75 percent), and Thailand (-15.14 per cent) in the same period.

In the period of January – November 2016-2017 various marine and fishery commodities experienced an increase in export value, among which shrimp rose 0.53 per cent, skipjack tuna (TTC) rose 18.57 percent, crabs rose 29.46 percent, cuttlefish squid octopus (CSG) up 16.54 per cent, and seaweed (RL) up 23.35 per cent, while other commodities rose 3.61 per cent.

In the same period, the export value of marine and fishery products to major destination countries also showed an increase. The value of exports to the United States rose 12.82 per cent, Japan rose 8.31 per cent, ASEAN rose 3.42 per cent, China rose 11.28 per cent, the EU rose 9.38 per cent, and others fell 1.76 per cent.

The increase in production value also contributed to the increase of tax revenue from the fishery sector. The net tax revenues from the fisheries sector increased from Rp734 billion in 2014 to Rp1,082 trillion in 2017, an increase of 47.41 per cent.

Non-Tax Revenue of fishery resources increased from Rp214.44 billion in 2014 to Rp 490.23 billion in 2017, up 129 percent or the highest in the last 5 years, according to official’s data.

Minister Susi wants, increased fishery production also can increase domestic fish consumption as performance indicator and important part for food security, especially as protein source.

Domestic consumption increased without significant increase in import volume.Indonesian fish import volume trends from January to November 2012-2017 increased by 1.61 percent, while fish consumption per year from 2012 increased from 33.89 kg per capita per year to 43.94 kg per capita per year by 2016 or up by 29.65 percent. (*)

Written by Elisa Valenta,