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Employment Creation Law Safeguards Indonesia’s Marine and Fisheries Sector

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Indonesia is a maritime country with the longest coastline in the world. This makes Indonesia one of the countries with an extraordinary wealth of marine life, but this wealth has become the target of foreign ships to steal fish in Indonesian waters. Therefore, a regulation is needed to protect the marine sector in Indonesia.

Law Number 11 of 2020 concerning Job Creation (Ciptaker) has become the government’s legal umbrella to protect the marine and fisheries sector. In this regulation, the Government is authorized to impose administrative sanctions on perpetrators of violations in the marine and fisheries sector.

Director General of Marine and Fishery Resources Supervision of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Adin Nurawaluddin said the Ciptaker Law would provide administrative sanctions against perpetrators of violations in the marine and fisheries sector. It is hoped that this will contribute to recovering state losses and recovering environmental damage.

On the occasion of the opening of the National Working Meeting for Supervision of Law Enforcement in the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sector, Adin said that this must be addressed by equalizing perceptions among law enforcement officers. So that a strong synergy is built in the supervision and law enforcement of marine and fishery resources. In addition, he encourages the increasing role of local governments (Pemda) in supervising marine and fishery resources, in accordance with the mandate given in the Job Creation Law.

The local government of course can be guided by the KKP breakthrough program, such as placing the importance of the role of supervising marine and fishery resources, as well as being a bastion of the KKP in the context of preserving marine and fishery resources. In this regard, it is necessary to strengthen the supervision of marine and fishery resources, both centrally and regionally, as well as synergize with other law enforcement officers.

To that end, the Directorate General of PSDKP KKP also organized a national working meeting (Rakernas) for Supervision and Law Enforcement in the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sector. This aims to equalize the perception of fishery supervisors and law enforcers in the marine and fishery sector. There is also a synergy of supervision and law enforcement in the marine and fisheries sector.

Previously, the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, believed that the presence of the Copyright Law would further develop the fisheries sector in Indonesia. In this case, it is also considered that it will be able to encourage the growth of the value of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of fisheries.

He explained, since the beginning of the 2020 pandemic until now, fishery GDP growth has shown a higher number than the national GDP. It is said that this positive trend will continue, especially with the presence of the Job Creation Law.

Trenggono said that the steps taken for the management of fishery resources were very important. This is because the production value of the Indonesian marine fisheries sector is not small. According to him, the production value in the Indonesian marine fisheries sector is around Rp. 132 trillion with production opportunities exceeding 10 million tons per year.

In addition, we also must not forget the aspect of environmental protection. The existence of the Job Creation Law overrides environmental impact analysis for the sake of smooth investment, because this is not stated in the article in it. If a violation occurs, the environmental permit will be revoked, which means that the business license will also be revoked. While in the old provisions, if one permit is revoked, the other permit is still valid.

On the other hand, employment opportunities as well as the ease and simplification of licensing are the keys to increasing investment in Indonesia. In line with this, there is an absorption of labor to drive the wheels of production and distribution.

The Indonesian sea has enormous potential for the Indonesian economy. The results of marine resources will also have enormous benefits for the nation and people of Indonesia, if they can be utilized to the fullest and best possible. Therefore, the Job Creation Law must be a hope for people living in coastal areas or on the coast.

Edwin Sirait, Author is a contributor to Lingkar Pers and Cikini Students

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