Semarang, The Indonesia Post – The government has prepared a legal umbrella related to the implementation plan of the blue economy strategy that focuses on ecological and economic considerations in activities in the marine space in order to create a healthy, safe, resilient, and productive sea.
“We are currently in the process of preparing a legal umbrella, hopefully it can be completed soon,” said the Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sakti Wahyu Trenggono after delivering a briefing on the Blue Economy Implementation Strategy in the Fisheries Sector, Semarang, Sunday.
Once there is a legal umbrella, the blue economy strategy will be piloted in several areas before being fully implemented.
“So, it will not be carried out on a massive scale but trial first. If it is good, then it will be implemented. So, the sustainability of the ecosystem in the sea will work well, and fishermen will benefit,” he said.
Wahyu emphasized that the blue economy strategy is a form of government alignment with traditional local fishermen.
“Right now we want to side with them, we need something we can provide, one of which is to revive economic growth there so that fishermen can develop,” he said.
The five blue economy strategies include: first, expanding conservation areas with a target of 30 percent of the total area of Indonesian waters by prioritizing the quality of conservation areas.
Second, measurable fishing based on fishing quotas and establishing conservation zones in six fishing zones.
Third, the Month of Love for the Sea, in its implementation, fishermen have an important role in managing waste at sea.
Fourth, marine spatial planning for the protection of coastal and marine ecosystems; Fifth, the balance of marine resources is used as a tool to measure the balance and sustainability of marine resources.
In addition, there are aquaculture policies that aim to reduce the number of catches that have a significant contribution in the sea so that fish populations are maintained and protect certain types of fish to be caught.
Seaweed has a strategic value to absorb carbon and become the main raw material for other industries. (mhn/bbs)