Jakarta — The Indonesian government is planning to issue a new regulation to protect tuna from the dangers of overfishing, a senior official from the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry said on Monday (20/11). Rifky Effendi Hadijanto, the secretary general of the ministry, said globally the tuna population is continuing to decline. According to a recent assessment from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Pacific blue fin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) faces a real danger of becoming extinct. The IUCN has already declared the Atlantic Blue fin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) as endangered in 2011 and the Yellow fin tuna (Thunnus albacares) as nearly threatened. “We need a new regulation on tuna fishing in Indonesia, desperately. Tuna has been overfished for too long,” Rifky said in Jakarta. He said tuna fishing should boost the welfare of fishermen, not threaten it. “Fish is one of our greatest natural resources. Fishing should be controlled so its positive impact can remain sustainable,” Rifky said. In 2016, Indonesia was ninth in the list of major tuna exporters in the world. It was ranked sixth in the previous year. The number one tuna exporter in the world is Papua New Guinea. The country exported 872,744 tons of tuna last year, according to data from the Indonesian Tuna Association (Astuin).