Jakarta, March 31, 2017 (Antara) - Indonesia and France, as the world's two largest exclusive economic zone countries, share a common belief that a strategic partnership is crucial to protecting the seas and ensuring sustainability of the oceans.
To this end, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande, at a bilateral meeting in Jakarta on March 29, 2017, had agreed to strengthen strategic partnerships between the two countries, mainly for developing the maritime and creative economy sectors.
Jokowi noted that for cooperation in the maritime sector, Indonesia has called for cooperation in fighting against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, including categorizing IUU fishing as a transnational organized crime.
Illegal fishing activities have risked the sustainability of oceans and harmed the fishery resources of Indonesia.
The government has claimed that illegal fishing activities in the country's waters have caused annual losses worth hundreds of trillions of rupiah to the state.
Hence, over the past years, Indonesia has actively cracked down on illegal fishing activities in the country's maritime territory.