Native Indonesian fish species in danger

Native Indonesian fish species in danger
A scenic view of the sea with crystal clear water at Sabang in northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

The Marine and Fisheries Ministry has warned that endemic Indonesian fish species faced extinction due to the breeding of foreign species in Indonesian waters.

"The country [should] take concrete steps immediately to minimise and prevent the negative effects of breeding foreign fish species in the country's waters," Marine and Fisheries Minister Sharif C. Sutardjo said on Wednesday.

According to him, the ministry had already taken a number of preventive measures, including issuing a regulation based on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Antara reported.

The ministry has also issued directives as references for related institutions in controlling invasive species. "For that purpose, it is necessary to identify invasive fish species to which monitoring resources can be properly and effectively directed," he added.

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