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The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) has successfully facilitated Indonesia to be a state member of Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), rewarding the country a strategic value. By becoming a member of WCPFC, Indonesia has a stronger bargaining point in the tuna management and habitat utilization for Indonesia. This was conveyed by the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sharif C. Sutardjo in Jakarta, on 19 March.



Sharif stated that Indonesia has approved the WCPFC convention through the Presidential Decree No.16 2013 on the approval of the Highly Migratory Species Conservation and Management in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Furthermore, Indonesia has its WCPFC entry into force since 29 November 2013, and WCPFC accepted the Indonesia Government Declaration stating that the Indonesia's WCPFC's convention zone only encompasses the Indonesia Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that is adjacent and does not cover the waters of archipelago, territories, and Indonesian deep waters. "Adding into this new membership, Indonesia has now been a state member of three Regional Fishery Organization comprising Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), Commission on Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) and Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)," said the Minister.

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