While Facing The New Normal Era, FK2PT Holds a Discussion on Indonesian Fisheries

The negative impact of the COVID-19 outbreak was felt by fisheries and marine businesses in recent months. The main problem lies in distribution and marketing. The market demand for fishery product exports has decreased due to regional quarantine in several European Union, United States and Asian countries. Domestic marketing has also been hampered because many areas have become the red zone of COVID-19 distribution. As a result, there is an excess supply of fish in several fishing ports and the price of fish is low.

Entering June 2020 the government made a policy to relax the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB). This was done as an effort to address the estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic could not be stopped in a short time, while the economy had to be carried out.

Responding to these conditions, the Fisheries Partnership Communication Forum (FK2PT) opened a discussion room through the FK2PT Gathering Webinar Series with the theme "Adaptation Era of the New Norms of the Fisheries and Maritime Industry and Business: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions", (2/7).

This webinar presented speakers Machmud, SPi, MSc, Marketing Director, Directorate General of Strengthening Competitiveness of Fisheries and Marine Products PDSPKP who in his presentation conveyed requirements related to quality and safety, sustainability, third party certification and tracing access barriers to export destination countries. There are several strategies implemented to increase exports. For example, participation in international exhibitions, trade negotiations and cross-sectoral support.

Meanwhile James Then, SE, MM, Chairperson of the Purse Seine Nusantara Fishermen Association (HNPN), revealed that the pandemic caused various problems for fishermen in addition to the problem of decreasing public purchasing power, distribution and markets. "The solution needs to be done immediately so that businesses don’t get worse, including the need for cold storage development, finding new markets, accompanied by tightening financing. The hope of industry players is the government's alignments through various pro-business policies, and concrete steps," he explained.

As the final speaker, Prof. Dr. Indra Jaya, a lecturer at IPB University who is a Professor in the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, presented various opportunities for the revival of large-scale fisheries. This is due to the fact that fish as a global commodity and the development of the world fish price index are increasing. "Large-scale fishing industry has the opportunity to be developed, considering that almost 90 percent of fisheries in the world use vessels smaller than 12 meters. Meanwhile, fisheries in IOTC (Indian Ocean Waters), about 67 percent are artisanal fisheries," he said.

In the 2013-2017 period, types of big eye tuna, yellowfin tuna, albacore and skipjack tuna still dominated the catch with the main gillnet, purse seine and longline fishing gear. Fish resources in Indonesian waters in the Western Central Pacific, Eastern Indian Ocean and Western Indian Ocean regions have great opportunities for sustainable fishing.

"For this reason, opportunities for the revival of large-scale fisheries in Indonesia are very much open, through increased involvement in the Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RMFO)," he said. (IAAS/FAP)


Published Date : 07-Jul-2020

Resource Person : Prof Dr Indra Jaya

Keyword : New Normal Era, Indonesian Fisheries, IPB University