Indonesian Fishermen Struggle with Making a Living

A short interview with a local resident and life in Maura Baru, North Jakarta.

Life as a fisherman is always hard. But it is getting worse now as there are not enough fish in our traditional fishing grounds and climate change affects the weather condition. The sun, wind and waves are stronger than ever before. One has to adapt to survive. The battleground doesn’t end at sea with illegal trawlers and commercial fishing vessels taking the spots where local villagers used to fish. Going out to fish costs money and the locals find themselves covered in debt when they receive pitiful returns for their catch. As they continue to struggle, they hope the Indonesian government can do something to make fishing better for them.

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