Indonesia to ratify IUU treaty with Philippines

'The ratification of clear boundaries between the countries' waters would help protect fishermen,' officials say.

The Indonesian government is hoping to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and protect Indonesian fishermen with the ratification of a maritime agreement between Indonesia and the Philippines, reports The Jakarta Post.

According to Reza Shah Pahlevi, director of fisheries management at the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, the ratification of the maritime agreement for the countries' exclusive economic zones (EEZ) would define clear boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines.

"Such a clear boundary will make it easier for us to take strict action when we find Filipino fishermen operating in our waters,” Shah Pahlevi said.

“It will also provide legal certainty for our fishermen, especially in determining the areas where they can operate.”

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