JAKARTA: Fisherman Iwan, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, has been in the industry for the last 10 years.
Mr Iwan was born and raised in Natuna islands at Indonesia’s outermost area near the South China Sea, which is rich in fishery resources.
Despite an abundance of fishes in the sea, the 44-year-old said he has never benefitted economically in a big way.
There were times when Mr Iwan, who works together with two other fishermen on a 6GT (Gross Tonnage) wooden fishing boat, could earn about 5 million rupiah (US$355) per month. But nowadays he usually only earns about 1 million rupiah.
“It is now harder to find fish, and the prices are getting cheaper,” Mr Iwan told CNA.
He claimed that illegal fishing activities by foreign vessels has played role in depleting the ava...