Famine and Severe Weather Suffocate Fishermen

The famine season is an obstacle for Subhan and dozens of fishermen on Cituis Beach, Tangerang Regency, Banten. Severe weather and fewer fish catches seem to be suffocating the fishermen's lives.

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Subhan, a fisherman in Tangerang Regency. (ACTNews/Ardiansyah)

ACTNews,  TANGERANG REGENCY – Subhan (48), a fisherman on Cituis Beach, Surya Bahari Village, Pakuhaji District, Tangerang Regency, Banten, was sitting pensively on the beach. Tuesday (9/28/2021) afternoon, he and dozens of other fishermen chose not to go to sea.

Famine, severe weather, fewer fish catches seem to be suffocating the fishermen's lives. To ACTNews, Subhan told about his family's living conditions, which depended on the daily fish catch.

The waves and the breeze at Cituis Beach witnessed Subhan's complaints about his declining income. Mostly, he can only get IDR 100 thousand a day. That money is still uncertain because he rents the boat, and he has to buy diesel fuel.

“I am grateful for what I have. Sometimes, I have to borrow money for my children's school needs. I need money, and my income is not enough,” he said. 

That afternoon, ACT distributed hundreds of ready-to-eat meals from ACT's Humanity Food Truck. The food aid became a solace for Subhan and dozens of fishermen on Cituis Beach.

Alhamdulillah, there is a food-sharing program like this. I hope this action will carry out at least once a month. Hopefully, it will become a blessing,” he added.