Indonesia Counts The Cost Of Coral Export Ban

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Indonesia counts the cost of coral export ban
7th August 2018

By Sandra Pearce

The first two months of Indonesia’s coral export ban has resulted in an estimated loss of US$2m (£1.5m) and thousands of jobs, says a global trade group.

Ornamental Fish International said: “The ongoing problems with exports of corals from Indonesia and Fiji highlight some of the key issues that our industry faces now and into the future.

“The suspension of coral exports from Indonesia and Fiji are both conservation driven and likely the result of the respective governments wanting to conserve coral reefs in their jurisdictions. While the intention is good, the decisions have had the probable unintended consequences of severe economic hardship for industry and their employees.

“Indonesian exporters have not been able to export for over two months and this has cost the industry an estimated US$2m in lost revenue and resulted in around 50% of the estimated 12,000 people employed in the industry losing their jobs.

“The situation in Fiji is undoubtedly worse with the export ban there being in place since the beginning of the year, and the majority of people once employed in the sustainable fishery in Fiji have lost their jobs with the major players under severe economic stress.”

The OFI added: “ It is feared that many of the people who have lost their jobs will be forced to return to activities that are destructive to the reef in terms of using explosives and cyanide for fishing, as well as other destructive activities.”