Minister Susi : Business People Dodge Tax, Give False Fisheries Data

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Jakarta (Greeners) – Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, said on Friday (21/09/2018), that Indonesia’s fish production trend has increased every year resulted from improving monitoring system of fisheries.

In 2017, the production of catch fisheries reached 6.8 million tons and fish farming reached 16.1 million tons, — 5.65 millions of fish farms and 10.45 millions of seaweeds –.

“Fisheries production trend keeps on increasing. In 2018, in the first semester, it reached USD 2,272.67 million or 12.88 percent increase from 2017’s USD 2,013.41 million. We expects for more increase in the eastern parts, such as shrimps and lobsters, by the end of this year,” said Minister Susi.

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Furthermore, she said that the number increases as data and monitoring system has improved especially in catching areas or regions. She said that people in the fisheries industry tend to forge or do not report their catch data.

“Production increases because of improved permit system which we granted to vessels in Indonesia. Based on that data, we can clearly see that the efforts and reports of their activities are far from the truth,” she said.

She cited a report stated 20 tons of production from above 120 gross tons to 200 gross tons vessels, which were different from actual catch.

“Meanwhile, vessels with 70 to 100 gross tons, at the least, would produced 600 to 100,000 tons per year. Lots of false reports. So, you can see the boat owners’ compliance is very lacking,” she said. “The catch industry needs to start their reports with correct data. If the data is incorrect then the policy will not be proper. They do that because they don’t want to pay taxes.”

Furthermore, she said that if the State does not get the taxes, then there will be no money for development meanwhile the government is working hard to protect Indonesian natural resources by blowing up illegal foreign ships.

“If there’s abundant fishes, then pay the taxes. That’s the importance of the industry to improve its report and sincerity in working,” she said.

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There are five provinces with the largest catch fisheries trend between 2015 and 2017, — Maluku, North Sumatra, East Java, North Sulawesi, and South Sulawesi –. Meanwhile, the types of fish with largest production trend between 2015 – 2017 are skipjack tuna, mackerel tuna, snapper, mackerel, and shrimp.

Five provinces with the largest trend of terrestrial fisheries in 2015-17, are South Sumatra, North Sumatra, South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and West Java. The largest fish types of terrestrial fisheries in 2015-17 are snakehead murrel, nile tilapia, mystus, three spot gourami, and shrimp.

Meanwhile, five provinces for biggest fish farming in the same period, are South Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, Central Sulawesi, East Java and West Java. The biggest fish production of fish farming in the same period are seaweed, nile tilapia, catfish, shrimp and milkfish.

Reports by Dewi Purningsih