Tuna Exports Drop as Bad Weather Continues03 February 2012
INDONESIA - Fishing in Cilacap waters, Central Java, has slowed dramatically due to bad weather.
Tuna exports, for example, have declined up to 70 per cent over the past two weeks, repots TheJakartaPost.
Cilacap Fishing Boat Association chairman Sanpo said Japan had been the main destination of Indonesia’s tuna exports.
“Cilacap usually exports four to five tons of tuna a day to Japan, but we could only export one ton over the past two weeks because of the weather at sea,” Sanpo told The Jakarta Post.
He said fisherman and crew members were unwilling to go fishing.
“We have to postpone going to sea, hence our catch has dropped,” he said, adding that many boats had to immediately moor at a nearby port to be safe.
Waves reportedly reached five to seven meters, causing 30,000 Cilacap fishermen to halt fishing activities.
“We are afraid to go to the sea. The waves are so high. Many have already fallen victim, so we have to be cautious,” a Cilacap fishermen told The Jakarta Post.
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