"Cooperation with NOAA has expired and we will extend it to overcome fish theft cases," Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Sharif Cicip Sutardjo said Tuesday.
The minister said that cooperation with NOAA had also been held in the field of research using the Okeanos ship belonging to NOAA. The ship was used to map out waters in the sea which was difficult to be accessed.
He said that illegal fishing was a serious problem which took place not only in Indonesia but also in other countries so that cooperation with several parties was needed to overcome it.
The minister explained that cooperation with NOAA so far has been carried out and developed well with concrete results such as bilateral cooperation in the fields of marine affairs and fisheries.
Cicip said the extension of the cooperation would also indicate that Indonesia had the commitment to preserving the environment, particularly the marine sector.