The Papua Province's Office of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DKP) has followed up on demand from local fishermen regarding the sale of special fish for the indigenous people of Cenderawasih.
However, Papua Province Marine and Fisheries Service Head FX Mote, in Jayapura, said Wednesday that he had not received the request by the fishermen in writing.
"In accordance with the mandate of the Special Autonomy Law (Otsus), this demand is a natural matter which we will immediately report to the Governor of Papua and his staff to follow it up," he said.
He explained that the demand of indigenous Papuan fishermen could be made in writing and delivered to DKP to be followed up, according to the applicable rules, where the citizens also had rights under Otsus.
"Our hope is that the Special Autonomy Fund can be used for things like the demand of the native Papuan fishermen," he said again.
Previously, Member of the Papua Economic, Maritime and Fisheries Commission John NR Gobai said Papuan fishermen in Jayapura City requested a separate location to sell their catches at the Hamadi Fish Auction Place and Hamadi Market in the local area.