The government of Algeria is to bid for Indonesian fishermen for fishing in that country, said Director General of Supervision and Control of Marine Resources and Fisheries, Aji Sularso, in Jakarta, Sunday. "Algeria does not have the ability to catch fish, they do not have the history of life as a fisherman. (Thus) untapped resources of their fish," he said. According to Aji, these opportunities can only be accomplished if both countries have MoU at the level of ministers. "If there is a bilateral cooperation, fishermen are given a quota. They must get permission first before fishing," Aji said. Currently, according to him, there are a lot of Indonesian fishermen who catch fish in the international sea sporadically. Previously the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Fadel Muhammad, said Algeria wanted to cooperate with Indonesia in agriculture and fisheries. However, he said that country does not have the fishermen to take advantage of the existing fish in the sea with a coastline of more than 1800 kilometers. Algeria, continued Fadel, even wanted to make as many as 400 units of fishing vessels from Indonesia. Even the state government through the Ambassador of Algeria, Abdelkrim Belarbi, also wants Indonesia to send well-trained human resources in the field of maritime affairs and fisheries in that country. Besides importing vessel, Algeria also asked Indonesia to export fishery products, including ornamental fish, he added. Demands for cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries sector, according to Fadel, can be used as the entrance to the fishery market in the Middle East and Europe. "We will spend four months to formulate the cooperation. But the point is they want to open markets for us over there, exports would be great," says Fadel.
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