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Fishermen Demand Termination of Mining

Written By Kepri Online on Friday, January 27, 2012 | 19:37

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Hundreds of fishermen in Karimun regency, Riau Islands province demanding a halt to tin mining activity in the fishing zone of the traditional fishermen.

Hundreds of fishermen were derived from the Fishermen Association of Indonesia (HNSI) Karimun, consisting of several groups of fishermen like Sei Lakam Fishermen Association, the Association of Fishermen agree, the Association of Fishermen Lumba-lumba, Fishermen Association Danau Indah, Bintang Laut Fishermen's Association and the Association of Fishermen Semerah Padi.

Later, the Batu Hitam Fishermen Association, Association of Kuda Laut Fisherman, Fishermen Association of Kakap Putih Sebele, Farmers and Fishermen Contact Mainstay (KTNA) and the environmental NGO "Karimun Hijau".

They convey this demand in a demonstration at Parliament House last week Karimun.

Fishermen coordinator Syaiful said the demand was delivered due to rampant mining of lead that enters the area of ​​traditional fishing gear.

Fishermen demand that tin mining is not justified in the fishing zone which then issued the draft Regulation (Ranperda) on Spatial Planning (Spatial), which is still being discussed by Parliament special committee.

"We asked for a ban mining in the fishing zone poured into a law," he said.

Chairman KTNA Karimun Amirullah said, the traditional fishermen demanding a halt because of tin mining activity clearly violates the rules, there is even a tin dredger which operated 50 meters from the beach.

"Fishermen sue tin mining activity is stopped, including tin mining private sector. Or, provide compensation for such assistance bigger boats and fishing tools that can be used on the high seas fishing zone used if the mining region," he said.

He also asked Karimun parliament to pour tin mining ban on traditional fishermen fishing zone, ie at a distance of 0-2 miles from shore in the regional spatial plan.

"Fishermen complain that their catch was reduced drastically if not completely. The sea water becomes cloudy, ecosystems such as coral reefs damaged by mining," he said.

Information collected, tin mining activities by PT Eunindo Usaha Mandiri disturbing traditional fishermen because mining operations are no longer refers to a specific coordinate point and considering the viability of fishing.

At least there are about 5 boats that operate private tin suction around the waters of Tanjung Balai Karimun to Meral, namely Sip Ship Production (KIP) Anugerah I, KIP Anugerah II, KIP Cinta, KIP Blassing and KIP Fetch Pang Nga.
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