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John Kerry Praises Indonesia’s Strong Commitment to Saving the World’s Oceans at Our Ocean Conference in Bali
Former U.S. Secretary of State and Founder of the Our Ocean Conference, John Kerry, has praised Indonesia’s commitment to protecting the ocean’s environment in the face of an unprecedented rate of climate change that is having a significant impact on the condition of the ocean.
Quoted by Balipost.com, speaking at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Nusa Dua, Bali on Monday October 29, 2018, Kerry, accompanied by Susi Pudjiastuti the Indonesian Minister of Fisheries and the Oceans, said that Minister Susi’s policies have been very good for the protection and conservation of the seas. Kerry also praised President Joko Widodo’s decision to attend the Bali conference, saying his presence showed the depth of Indonesia’s commitment to the welfare of the world’s oceans.
Kerry said the world’s attention is drawn to Indonesia and its readiness to firmly enforce the law on matters pertaining to its surrounding oceans. He described how those that violate Indonesia’s ocean zoning and participate in illegal fishing are dealt with severely by maritime authorities. Meanwhile, the government of Indonesia continues to work with fishermen to ensure fish resources remain sustainable.
In closing, Kerry said we must invite every country to be committed to protecting the oceans in every way we can. This can be done through agreements and other means. Kerry said this is what inspired him to establish the OCC five years ago.