Commander, Brig.Gen Said Latuconsina Donates 2 Weighing Vessels to Maluku Local Fishermen
reported by: Setiawan Liu
Ambon, June 8, 2023/Indonesia Media – Commander of Ambon Naval Base IX (Marine) Brigadier General Said Latuconsina has assured direct benefits of using a vessel which is designed to determine weight of fish caught by local fishermen, so-called ‘kapal timbang’ (literally, means weighing vessel) in the regencies of south-west Maluku, Banda islands (Central Maluku) and some parts of Seram (west and east parts). “The fishermen can sell directly the fish caught in the sea, to the local market. So people consume fresh fish,” Latuconsina told IM on Wednesday
The fishermen in Moa island and Letti island in south-west Maluku thanked the Commander, Said Latuconsina for the donation of vessels (kapal timbang). Moa and Letti are outermost small Islands (PPKT) in Indonesia, on the border with Timor Leste. The fishermen from the islands can sell the fish straight to the market. In such a normal condition, there is no problem of selling the fish. “But under the circumstances, the fish caught (by fishermen) is abundant. If they just sell to the market, it is exaggerating the levels of people’s consumption (of fish). After receiving the vessels, they can weigh the fish straight on the vessel, or not far from their places. Then, they can sell outside south-west Maluku,” Latuconsina told IM.
The presence of vessels, named ‘Mutiara 39’ in Moa island and another (vessel) Hiroyosi in Letti island has occurred since Pebruary 2023. Therefore the fishermen felt helpful with the vessels. In such a condition of abundance, there are at least 2 – 3 tons of fish in stock per day. The fish caught can be directly transported by vessel Mutiara 39, in which it is mooring off the coast Tiakur (south-west Maluku). Meanwhile, vessel Hiroyosi 6 is mooring off the coast Letti island in which the fish can be sold straight to the market. “The fishermen said ‘Thank you’ after taking advantage of the vessels, seeing the fish price really depends on the circumstances.
The law of supply and demand prevails, predicting that if the supply of goods, prices will fall. If demand exceeds supply, prices will rise. If the supply of fish is more than the demamd, prices turn cheaper. Even, they (fishermen) have no choices, except they throw away the fish to the sea. The fish becomes rotten, and it often happens,” Latuconsina told IM. (sl/IM)