Illegal Prawn Farms Closed Down in Indonesia

9 January 2015, at 12:00am

INDONESIA - The Bantul administration has closed down hundreds of illegal prawn farms that were set up along Yogyakartas beaches after numerous warnings were ignored.

“They were still operating despite the warnings. But we shut them down without exerting force,” said Bantul Public Order Agency head of enforcement unit, Anjar Arintaka..

The agency is cooperating with local police, the military, public works agency, environment agency and fisheries agency personnel, reports the JakartaPost.

Coastal residents have filed protests against the farms since last year, saying that they threw waste into sea and disrupted coastal plantations.

The authorities gave the farmers the chance to save their prawns.