Indonesia Urges Australia to Bolster Maritime Security Commitment

(March 15th, 2023) Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, has urged Australia to strengthen its commitment to its collaboration with Indonesia on maritime security. According to a press statement received here on Wednesday, the minister delivered the statement during a discussion on maritime security at the “9th Australia-Indonesia Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM)” on Tuesday.

Indonesia Participated on International Shipping Arrangement Discuss at IMO 2023

(March 14th, 2023) The Indonesian delegation participated in the discussion of international administrative procedure standards in relation to shipping activities and international trade through maritime routes. The discussion was held at the 47th Facilitation Committee Meeting (FAL 47) held by the World Maritime Organization (IMO) on 13-17 Mart 2023 at the IMO Headquarters in London, England. 

Conservationists Fight to Protect Marine Life in New Lawsuit

(March 14th, 2023) Conservationists are fighting to protect threatened and endangered marine species from being harmed by longline fishing operations in the Pacific Ocean, and on behalf of the Conservation Council for Hawaii and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner Mike Nakachi, the non-profit environmental law organization Earthjustice recently filed a lawsuit in federal court.  

Indonesia's aquaculture is growing rapidly, here are 3 ways to avoid damaging the environment

(March 14th, 2023) Indonesia's aquaculture sector produces far more fish than its capture fisheries sector. Its growth has also been remarkable, from a production volume of around 2.4 million tons to 6.4 million tons in 2010 and 2019. Globally, as capture fisheries slow down, seafood production is shifting to aquaculture. Of the total global seafood served, around 49% comes from aquaculture. Recognizing this trend, the Indonesian government aims to increase the annual production volume of the aquaculture sector by 10.4% by 2024.

MMAF Prepares Technical Rules for the Implementation of Measured Fishing

(March 8th, 2023) President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) officially issued Government Regulation (PP) number 11 of 2023 concerning Measured Fishing. The regulation was promulgated on March 6, 2023. Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sakti Wahyu Trenggono said that the essence of measured fishing is so that the fisheries population is well maintained. Measured fishing will be supported by optimal facilities, infrastructure and supervision. There are three types of quotas that will be given in measured fishing. Among others, industrial quotas; local fishermen quotas; and non-commercial activity quotas.

United Nations Members Reach Accord to Protect Marine Life on High Seas

(March 6th, 2023) For the first time, United Nations members have agreed on a unified treaty to protect biodiversity in the high seas — nearly half the planet's surface — concluding two weeks of talks in New York. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea came into force in 1994, before marine biodiversity was a well-established concept. An updated framework to protect marine life in the regions outside national boundary waters, known as the high seas, had been in discussions for more than 20 years.

The Passion for Fisheries Downstream Must Be Accompanied by Strengthening the Upstream Sector

(February 24th, 2023) The downstream policy in the marine fisheries sector is believed to add value to the fishery products produced. Business players hope that the spirit of downstream fisheries must be accompanied by problem-solving on the upstream side. In a discussion entitled "Downstream: The Key to Optimizing National Fisheries Potential?" in Jakarta, Monday, February 20, 2023, it was revealed that downstream, a policy that encourages the processing of raw materials in the country, will increase fishery products that will be exported in the form of derivative products or finished goods.

Indonesia's FOLU Net Sink 2030: Indonesia's Real Steps to Lower Emissions

(February 14th, 2023) Indonesia's commitment to further contribute to maintaining global temperature is evident in Indonesia's FOLU Net Sink 2030. Indonesia has conveyed an increased ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution (ENDC) document, where Indonesia's GHG emission reduction target with its own capabilities in the Updated NDC (UNDC) is 29% increasing to 31.89% in ENDC, while the target with international support in UNDC is 41% increasing to 43.20%.

Blue Economy for Marine and Fisheries Resource Management

(February 10th, 2023) The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is committed to supporting the implementation of the blue economy in managing marine and fisheries resources in Indonesia. The blue economy will ensure that development is balanced between economic growth and ecological and social sustainability. This was conveyed by the Head of the Marine and Fisheries Research and Human Resources Agency (BRSDM) I Nyoman Radiarta at the hybrid seminar "Training on Trainers (ToT) on the Blue Economy Program", held by BRSDM on Thursday (9/2).

MMAF: Job Creation Perppu Strengthens Blue Economy-Based Aquaculture Development

(February 9th, 2023) The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) through the Directorate General of Aquaculture (DJPB) is optimistic that the implementation of the Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) on Job Creation will strengthen the development of environmentally friendly marine, coastal and inland aquaculture which is one of the blue economy-based priority programs in the aquaculture sector. Director General of Aquaculture, Tb Haeru Rahayu, said that the government has just issued Government Regulation in Lieu of Law or Perpu No. 2 of 2022 or known as Perpu Job Creation as a refinement of the Job Creation Law No. 11 of 2020 which has been in effect for two years based on the decision of the Constitutional Court.

Bappenas Launches Peat and Mangrove Strategy for Wetland Management

(February 2nd, 2023) Coinciding with World Wetlands Day, which is celebrated every February 2, the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas launched the National Strategy for Wetland Management in Indonesia: Peat and Mangrove Ecosystems. The National Strategy also strategically supports Indonesia's economic transformation process through a green economy to achieve the targets of Indonesia Vision 2045, net zero emission 2060 or sooner, and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Challenge of Effective and Environmentally Friendly Fishing Technology

(January 24th, 2023) The challenge of superior and sustainable capture fisheries today is the development of effective and environmentally friendly fishing technology. In addition, the development of more modern fishing vessel instruments with digitalization and connected to several ports; This was conveyed by IPB University Fisheries expert Prof. Dr. Mohammad Imron during a meeting with the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono. The meeting was attended by the Dean of Digital Business of Binawan University, several officials of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, as well as IPB University lecturers from the Department of Fisheries Resource Utilization (PSP) Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science (FPIK) Prof Dr Mulyono, Dr Sugeng Hari Wisudo and Dr Budhi Hascaryo Iskandar.

ASDP Reduces Plastic Waste at Sea Using Reverse Vending Machine

(January 23rd, 2023) PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) is also fighting against plastic waste at sea. One of them is by implementing the use of a Reserve Vending Machine (RVM) for plastic bottles in a number of offices and ports. PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) Corporate Secretary Shelvy Arifin said that through the Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSR) program, the company is committed to reducing waste or plastic waste from the community that ends up in the sea. The waste has the potential to damage the survival of marine life in all Indonesian waters.  Shelvy added that in using the RVM, ASDP has collaborated with the PlastikPay application. Where through this RVM all people can participate in protecting the environment by saving plastic bottles and getting money.

Abrasion that Increasingly Threatens the Coast of Bangka Belitung

(January 16th, 2023) Coastal abrasion is clearly visible on the north, east, and south coasts of Bangka Belitung, which are directly facing the open sea. Based on research, in 20 years [2001-2020], the distance of shoreline shift towards land [abrasion] on the east coast of Bangka using the End Point Rate [EPR] method ranges from 0.00 to -34.07 meters per year, while using the Net Shoreline Movement [NSM] method ranges from 0.00 to -647.26 meters per year. In 2021, the tidal flood event was the worst disaster in the last five years. Tidal floods as high as 10-70 centimeters submerged 2,213 houses in Bangka Belitung Islands Province. Although not as severe as in 2021, in 2022, abrasion and tidal floods were repeated.

Bappenas: Indonesia Establishes Position as a Maritime Country in 2045

(January 13th, 2023) Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas Suharso Monoarfa emphasized that in 2045, coinciding with 100 years of independence, Indonesia will further strengthen its position as a maritime country. "Maritime thinking will be different from continental thinking. In the National Long-Term Development Plan (RPJPN) 2025-2045, we must prioritize maritime thinking, we must streamline how maritime becomes the vision in 2045," said Minister Suharso during the Working Meeting on the Preparation of RPJPN 2025-2045, which was attended by all Echelon I and Echelon II as well as employees of the Ministry of PPN/Bappenas.