IPB University Expert: Even during Pandemic, Fisheries Sector's GDP Decreased, Potential to Resurrect Is High

In the new normal era, Indonesia experienced an economic contraction. Based on data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the second quarter national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell 5.32 percent, but in the quarter it was minus 4.19 percent. Especially in the fisheries sector, minus 0.63 percent.

"This number does not mean there is no chance to bounce back," said Dr. Sugeng Hari Wisudo, lecturer at IPB University who is also the Head of Department of Fisheries Resources Utilization (PSP), Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (FPIK) in Capture Fisheries Partnership Communication Forum (FK2PT) regarding the New Normal Adaptation Era of the Business World and the Marine Fisheries Industry Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions. According to him, entering the industrial era 4.0, which was once monodisciplinary, now all fields have transformed into multidisciplinary and even transdisciplinary. In addition there are many uncertainties that are completely unpredictable. One example is the case at IPB University.

"Initially IPB University was ready to implement a remote learning curriculum for two years of e-learning (prior to COVID-19), but with the COVID-19 pandemic, the online learning system inevitably had to be implemented. Fast and adaptive efforts will be opportunities. It is our ability to adapt that determines the direction of the company. What is needed is to develop a strategy for the next five years. But we still have to be agile in adapting if there are changes," he said. Dr. Sugeng said that today's consumers are fast changing and disloyal, because of the many business competitions. For this reason, the effort that must be made for food product businessmen to take opportunities is to diversify their products.

Meanwhile, the Head of FK2PT, Dr Agus Suherman said that the government needs to expand labor-intensive programs for capture fisheries business actors. This can be in the form of a fishing aid program. Like folding traps that can be done hand made. If it is done by manual labor, of course the impact will be tremendous in order to create jobs. So that it will drive the economic turnover in the coastal village because the fishing village is very important and strategic. Another example is financing with labor-intensive assistance for fishing communities, such as building boats according to the needs of the surrounding community. (IAAS/SAR)

Published Date : 14-Aug-2020

Resource Person : Dr Sugeng Hari Wisudo

Keyword : Department of Fisheries Resources Utilization IPB, Capture Fisheries Business, FK2PT