The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries urge ASEAN and Asia Pacific nations to collaborate in the sustainable aquaculture sector during a workshop in Bali

Source: Voyis

IN the opening of the Workshop on “ASEAN-Australia Indo-Pacific on the Use of Technology for Sustainable Aquaculture,” Secretary General of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP), Mr Rudy Heriyanto Adi Nugroho, explained the crucial role that ASEAN and the Pacific region can play in meeting food demands that come from marine biological resources. However, fish stocks today have decreased as a result of overfishing around the world.

“Human activities and environmental factors seriously threaten the sustainability of marine resources. Therefore, ecology must be a top priority in the development of the marine and fisheries in order to ensure that resources can regenerate in the future,” said Mr Rudy.

Mr Rudy further suggested, one of the options that can be offered is to utilise aquaculture as a protein source through the use of environmentally friendly technology.

Blue Economy Programmes
KKP currently has five blue economy programmes, one of which is the development of sustainable marine, coastal, and land aquaculture. “We invite friendly countries in the region to join us in becoming part of the global food supply chain sourced from fisheries,” he added.

The ASEAN and Asia Pacific meeting forum is one of the active roles of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in inclusive and concrete cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

The local workshop activities were jointly organised by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, the Australian Government, and the ASEAN Secretariat. It was attended by 28 representatives from all ASEAN countries and 18 participants from Pacific countries including Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu.

To provide reference on the technology applications acquired at the workshop, KKP will also invite all participants to directly observe shrimp breeding technology and facilities at the Excellent Parent Production and Nursery Production Center (BPIUUK) in Karangasem, Bali.

Source: Antara News