ANNOUNCEMENT 03 Nov 2014In November 2014, the government of Indonesia announced an alteration to its export prohibitions.
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Press release by the Marine and Fishery Ministry (in Bahasa Indonesia)
Secondary Sources on lifting the moratorium
On 3 November 2014, the Indonesian Marine and Fishery Ministry passed decree 141/PDSI/HM.310/XI/2014 introducing a moratorium on foreign vessels above 30 GT. With the import ban in place, local fishery companies are not allowed to import vessels from abroad. The ministry argued the move was necessary to cope with the high levels of illegal fishing, as a report found out that 80 percent of them were involved in the practice.
The moratorium was initially planned to be active until April 2015 but was later extended to 31 October 2015 and is hence no longer in force.
According to a media report, "the policy managed to boost fish supply in local ports by 240 percent to 6 million tons, as the policy created room for smaller-size boats owned by local fishermen".
Indonesia initially banned foreign ships in 2008 (see related state act) but largely backtracked on the restriction given an insufficient supply of Indonesian ships. Since then, it has carved out numerous regulations restricting particular types of ships.