Makassar: Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Edhy Prabowo said he and his ministry would ease permits for local fishermen.
"We will find a way out and it has already been instructed by the president to ease permits. We have already begun to process it," he said, in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
He said that his ministry is in the process of updating the Fisheries Law. He made sure the discussion has been included in the National Legislatio.
"It will be easy. Just send a letter explaining that your ship has been inspected beforehand. Then the permit will be given," he said.
He revealed that his ministry is currently coordinating with the police, prosecutors and the navy to give concessions to fishermen. He stressed that the concessions does not apply to fishermen who commit criminal acts, including smuggling or drug trafficking.
"We establish communication with law enforcement agencies such as the police, prosecutors, so that fishermen are given leeway, once or twice," he said.