Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Agency in KEPRI (Riau Islands) are unhappy about the amount od funding available to conduct research into the potential for fisheries in the area. Riau Islands, which consists of 96 percent water, has vast natural wealth, especially with regard to high priced fish species. "Research is important as a reference for investors," said Head of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Management Kepri, Edirwan

Edirwan explained that investors want to see studies. "not just talk,". He said there is not a sufficiently organized fishing industry in the province and thus there is not proper management.

As a result, fishermen deal directly with entrepreneurs in Singapore or Malaysia when selling catches of fish, shrimp and crab. He also stated that Large Pelagic fish catches in 2009 reached 107.710 tons, small pelagic 135.590 tons and 12.200 tons squid .

Edirwan clams production figures, will increase up to 300 percent when supported by adequate equipment such as 50 ton fishing vessels that can fish in deeper waters.

The waters around Rempang and Galang in particular, are rich with grouper, snapper, and Napoleon fish, which are fetching high prices locally and abroad. "How are we going to move if ahead with our limited funds?"

Edirwan aslso stated that he hopes the management the Batam FTZ not only focuses on industrial land, but also on the sea.

Tempo Article HERE
<br /> Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Agency in KEPRI (Riau Islands) are unhappy about the amount od funding available to conduct research into the potential for fisheries in the area. Riau Islands, which consists of 96 percent water, has vast natural wealth, especially with regard to high priced fish species. &quot;Research is important as a reference for investors,&quot; said Head of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Management Kepri, Edirwan<br /> <br /> Edirwan explained that investors want to see studies. &quot;not just talk,&quot;. He said there is not a sufficiently organized fishing industry in the province and thus there is not proper management.<br /> <br /> As a result, fishermen deal directly with entrepreneurs in Singapore or Malaysia when selling catches of fish, shrimp and crab. He also stated that Large Pelagic fish catches in 2009 reached 107.710 tons, small pelagic 135.590 tons and 12.200 tons squid . <br /> <br /> Edirwan clams production figures, will increase up to 300 percent when supported by adequate equipment such as 50 ton fishing vessels that can fish in deeper waters.<br /> <br /> The waters around Rempang and Galang in particular, are rich with grouper, snapper, and Napoleon fish, which are fetching high prices locally and abroad. &quot;How are we going to move if ahead with our limited funds?&quot; <br /> <br /> Edirwan aslso stated that he hopes the management the Batam FTZ not only focuses on industrial land, but also on the sea.<br /> <br /> Tempo Article <a href="http://www.tempointeraktif.com/hg/bisnis/2010/07/31/brk,20100731-267798,id.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HERE</a>
This is all a cruel ruse anyway. Once the funding is set up it will all be corrupted anyway. There are many parts of this region which are under some sort of environmental study now and there are no fishing zones in place. But evryday there are boats and people fishing in these areas. There are illegal fish traps all over the place. Even in Bintan Island there is a Sago farm dumping raw fuel directly into the ocean. Regulation is fine but who will regulate the regulators i ask?
This is all a cruel ruse anyway. Once the funding is set up it will all be corrupted anyway. There are many parts of this region which are under some sort of environmental study now and there are no fishing zones in place. But evryday there are boats and people fishing in these areas. There are illegal fish traps all over the place. Even in Bintan Island there is a Sago farm dumping raw fuel directly into the ocean. Regulation is fine but who will regulate the regulators i ask?
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