November 25, 2020, 08.04 PM
More than 31,000 lobster seeds are smuggled in Gili Ketapang waters in Probolinggo, East Java. Dok. KKPMore than 31,000 lobster seeds are smuggled in Gili Ketapang waters in Probolinggo, East Java.

In his response at that time, Edhy said the licenses to export lobster larvae were issued by a team comprising the Directorate General for Capture Fisheries, Directorate General for Fish Cultivation, and the Fish Quarantine and Fishery Quality Control Agency (BKIPM).

The team also involved the ministry’s Inspectorate General, which is under the supervision of the Secretary General. If the team failed to follow the rules, Edhy said he would not hesitate to revoke their permits.

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“The decision was not made by me, but the team. But remember, I also monitor the team to follow the rules,” said Edhy during a previous meeting with the House of Representatives Commission IV, which oversees agriculture, forestry, maritime affairs, fisheries, and food production on Monday, July 6.

In May, Edhy reversed a ban on exports of lobster seeds imposed by his predecessor Susi Pudjiastuti.

Edhy said he had enough reasons to revise the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Regulation No 56/2016 on prohibiting the catching of crab and lobster seeds. He argued that the practice of smuggling the lobster seeds was very high. Therefore, it is better if exports are opened so that it will be easy to control.

He also said the ministry had conducted an in-depth study through public consultations before allowing the resumption of lobster seed exports.

“There are 13,000 fishermen who make a living from catching lobster seeds. When this is prohibited, they cannot buy food as they have no income. This is our main consideration,” he argued.

(Writers: Ardito Ramadhan, Muhammad Idris | Editors: Kristian Erdianto, Dani Prabowo, Muhammad Idris)

Source: Kompas.com

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