Indonesia manages programs to prevent potential fish export issues because of the US MMPA.
Due to the implementation of the US Marine Mammal Protection Act or US MMPA, the Indonesian government has a task to handle the potential fish export issues. So, what can Indonesia do to handle the situation?
Things to Do to Handle the Potential Fish Export Issues
Indonesian Secretary General of the Marine Affairs and Fishery Ministry explains that one of the solutions is focusing on improving small-scale fishery in ASEAN. This action is so crucial to show the quality of fishery product exports to the global market, including the US.
Fishery Product Standardization
Nowadays, small-scale fishermen dominate this sector. It significantly affects the performance of the export. Most small-scale fishermen don’t know about international fishery product standardization yet. Indeed, the ASEAN fishermen should learn the standards so they can produce export-quality fishery products.
Because of that, the Indonesian delegation also urged the U.S to launch the complete standards, including the capacity and technical support. As a result, each ASEAN government can share the
standards and fill them immediately.
Competency for Small-Scale Fishermen and Cultivators
Indonesia also has to be ready to face this challenge. This country will improve the competency of its small-scale fishermen and cultivators. This country even prepares two concepts for the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
In this case, they will implement Food and Agriculture Organization or FAO guidelines. This implementation is to reach the food security and poverty reduction goals. Then, they continue the
program by applying sustainable cultivation by encouraging a sustainable fish cultivation approach.
This program is to reach the aquaculture goal.
The proposals had been ratified and the documents will be formulated by ASEAN countries, FAO, and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center or SEAFDEC. The ministry also encourages ASEAN countries to participate in formulating this regional strategy. It hopes that this solution is not only improving the quality of the fishermen but also the capacity, conservation, habitat, and even the impact of climate change on the fishery sector.
Fix Mariners Regulation
It is also important to increase the performance and quality of the fishery sector in ASEAN countries, especially Indonesia. A better regulation prevents any issues, such as labor violations, exploitation, and also bad payment schemes.
It also educates fishermen about illegal fishing operations and the dangers of catching endangered species. Besides fixing and practicing the regulation, the government also has to inspect the
fishermen at the sea and port regularly to tackle any issues. As a result, everything will be better and the fishery product export activity will be back to normal even with the US MMPA.