Environment

Indonesia Fisheries Limits on Gear and Fish Harvests

Wooden fishing rigs off the coast of Java. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.
Wooden fishing rigs off the coast of Java. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

The Indonesian fisheries ministry has introduced two divisive pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the sustainability of Indonesia’s depleted ocean fisheries. Permen KP 1/2015 imposes...




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