Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | 04:11 WIB

Indonesian Government Thwarts Illegal Smuggling of Lobster Hatchlings

Indonesian Government Thwarts Illegal Smuggling of Lobster Hatchlings (kkp)

JAKARTA, NNC - The Indonesian Government, through the Fleet One Quick Response Team (F1QR) of The Joint Fleet Command I Task Force (Koarmada I) succeeded in thwarting an attempt to smuggle illegal lobster hatchlings in the waters of Pulau Sugi, Batam, Riau Islands. A total of 245,102 BL were rescued in the pursuit, arrest and investigation operations (jarkaplid) of an anonymous speed boat (SB).

The F1QR Team of the Coarmada I Joint Task Force consisted of the F1QR team of Batam Naval Base (Lanal); F1QR team of Intel Coarmada I Detachment; F1QR team of Marine Security Group (Guskamla) Coarmada I; and the F1QR team of the Indonesian Navy Main Base (Lantamal) IV.

Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti stated that the BL failure was the biggest catch in history carried out by the government so far.

"If it is valued at the purchase price from the community, this BL might be worth Rp10 billion. But if it is valued at the basket, IDR 37 billion. If it is assessed in Singapore, maybe Rp. 60 billion is already available If it is released at sea, it becomes 8 ounces, 1 kg, 2 kg per tail, maybe the value is at least a hundred times, "Susi explained in a written statement, quoted on Friday (3/15/2019).

He said, this BL smuggling was indicated as a syndicate of BL smugglers collected from all lobster area posts that stretched along the territory of Indonesia. The lobster area covers the western part of Sumatra, Belitung, southern Java, north Natuna, Kalimantan, Bali, Lombok, and several islands in eastern Indonesia.

The security of BL smuggling that began intensively by the government since 2015 allegedly made BL smugglers conical into a syndicate.

"It used to be small players from everywhere. Now, there are now big players with all high speed speedboats. At least 42 knots at a minimum speed. So if you look at it, there are big players who can do it like this, "he explained.