An 18-year old Indonesian called Aldi Novel Adilang was working on a floating fishing station off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It was a Saturday in July, 2018, and a storm had swept into the area where Adilang was anchored, 78 miles from the coast. The high winds broke the craft’s moorings, leaving a fearful Adilang with no idea what was going to happen next.
Adilang’s home island of Sulawesi has the distinction of being the 11th-largest island in the world. The center of the island is dominated by mountains, and there are various peninsulas surrounded by sea. Adilang comes from the province of North Sulawesi.
That Adilang was employed in Sulawesi’s fishing sector is no surprise given that the city of Bitung on the island’s north coast is a center for fish processing. Many thousands work in Bitung’s tuna canneries and other fish processing plants. The town’s local nickname, “Kota Cakalang,” translates as Skipjack Tuna Town.