Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung, (Antara Sumbar) - Maritime and Fishery Affairs Ministry's Quarantine Office has seized some 36 tons of illegal processed and fresh fishes from Malaysia, the head, Rina, stated here on Tuesday (Aug 29).
"If the illegal fishes pass our security check, it would disturb the price and hurt our traditional fishermen," she stated in Pangkalpinang, the capital city of Bangka Belitung islands province.
The officers, according to Rina, seized the fish from Tembilahan port in Riau province. The products which were suspected to be prone to some diseases could harm the consumers.
"The quarantine office could not ensure the quality of the products, whether it has been properly processed and packed," she remarked, while adding the ministry has not yet issued a clearance for the catfish imported from Vietnam.
Therefore, if anyone finds the fish in the market, the product is clearly illegal.
"Because it is not properly processed, the Vietnamese catfish could cause some itches and other skin problems," she warned
Hence, the quarantine office committed to continue overseeing the quality of the fish and other marine products imported to Indonesia.
"We have a special laboratory to test the levels of antibiotics, pollution, the heavy metals, other dangerous and toxic elements the products may contain," she reiterated.
Following the Tilapia virus spread in several countries, the ministry now is strengthening the supervision of the fish imported and cultured in the country.
The aquaculture director general Slamet Soebjakto said on Tuesday that the government has conducted some preventive measures, such as a strict bio-security check in the quarantine office and other border gates.
Hence, Indonesia now remains free from the Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) and the Acute Hepatopancreas Necrosis Disease (AHPND), which attacked shrimp, he noted. (*)
Editor: Vicha Faradika