The Fight to Fish in North Natuna
Vietnamese fishing boats poach fish in Malaysian and Indonesian waters not only because of dwindling stocks in their own country. This report is produced with a collaboration of journalists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, with the support of the Environmental Reporting Collective.
HENDRI, 50, recalled the golden days in Natuna, Riau Islands, before 2010. At that time, fish were abundant and sold for good prices at the open markets in Tanjungpinang City, Batam, and Pontianak, West Kalimantan, and even as far as Singapore and Malaysia. According to this Chairman of the Natuna Fishermen’s Alliance, that all began to slowly change after foreign fishing vessels came dragging pair trawl, damaging the coral reef.
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