Marine Science and Technology Alumni Association (Haitek) and Marine Science and Technology Student Association (HIimiteka), Department of Marine Science and Technology (ITK), Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science (FPIK) IPB University held the Indonesian Marine Talk Series (19/4). The activity held online was attended by hundreds of participants from various countries such as Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, and the United States of America. Participants are consisted of students, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and non governmental agencies. This activity aims to discuss issues related to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Indonesia Maritime Talk Series I has the theme “Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and MPA Network in Indonesia”. In his presentation, Anton Wijonarno, MSc as the MPA Program Manager WWF-Indonesia said that the marine protected areas and marine protected areas network in Indonesia are marine areas that are protected and managed through a zoning system, to actualize the management of fish resources and its environment in a sustainable way according to the Government Regulation Number 60 of 2007 concerning Conservation of Fish Resources.
“Until now there are 24 provinces in Indonesia that already have local regulations concerning water conservation areas and for several provinces are in the validation process,” he said.
On this occasion, Aji, one of the participants from the United States of America expressed his interest in seeing MPA from other parameters, not only from fish and reefs but bacteria affected by climate change. A similar sentiment was also conveyed by Hawis Maduppa, IPB University marine researchers related to the many studies with molecular methods to answer the relationship between MPAs. “It is always open for the development and utilization of the latest research related to the management of MPAs in Indonesia,” said Andi Rusandi from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Meanwhile, Dr Aslan as the Secretary General of Haitek explained that Haitek is a non governmental organization consisting of all alumni of ITK IPB University from the first generation, namely class 23 (1986) and has been officially registered in the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) RI.
“Haitek aims to build collaboration of its members who have worked in various maritime sectors to advance the Indonesian maritime in the field of research, individual capacity development as well as community service,”he said. (IAAS/ELS)