FK2PT Webinar Discusses the Role of Government Policy for Fishery Business Actors on the North Coast of Java


IPB University in collaboration with the Capture Fisheries Partnership Communication Forum (FK2PT) again held a series of FK2PT Gathering webinars. This time, with the theme "New Normal Adaptation Era for Fishery Business Actors on the North Coast of Java", (28/7). This webinar was held to parse the problems, challenges and opportunities for the revival of the business world and the national fishery and marine industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. -19.

Present representing the Chairperson of FK2PT, a lecturer from IPB University in the Department of Fisheries Resources Utilization who is also the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences IPB University, Dr. Budhi Hascaryo Iskandar. In his remarks, he conveyed that the norms applied by the community were a manifestation of the benchmarks used by the community as a guide, especially during a pandemic that challenged us to be more creative so that the wheels of business kept spinning. In addition, fisheries in the Java North Coast region are also known as a busy zone with fishery activities and there is a possibility of overfishing indicated so efforts are needed to encourage fisheries to remain sustainable.

The speakers who attended the event included Ono Surono, ST, a member of Commission IV DPR RI. On this occasion, he explained financial policies and budget reallocation for handling COVID-19. This effort, he said, could have implications for the use of predetermined programs, such as fish quarantine activities and fish feeding activities. Another effort is to absorb local fresh and processed fish products, such as the sardine industry.

"The policies of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) regarding how we can survive the COVID-19 pandemic atmosphere, we have not fully felt, what is the special policy or stimulus which directly constitutes assistance from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries," he said. He added, with the technology created and managed by young people today, it can help the government in terms of campaigns related to programs organized by the KKP.

In addition, the KKP's Director of Licensing and Services, Dr Ridwan Mulyana said that efforts to tackle COVID-19 for fisheries activities still refer to the marine development policy for 2020-2024. The policy contains concessions on permits as well as operational assistance, and other social assistance such as fishing service and fish eating movements.

In addition, Ir Fendiawan, MSi, Head of the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Office of Central Java Province, said that fisheries development policies and programs on the North Coast of Java are listed in the 2018-2023 Medium-Term Development Plan, one of which concerns the protection of the interests of fishermen for the welfare of fishermen, for example through premium financing .

Assistance of subsidized fuel oil (BBM) as a form of social and economic safety net to assist fishermen in financing fishing operations has also been attempted. It was noted that the assistance had been given to stakeholders in the Semarang, Pati and Pemalang areas. Furthermore, social assistance, one of which is in the form of Kusuka fisherman card ownership, which has only reached 53%, is still a "homework" for the government.

Diponegoro University Professor, Prof. Dr. Suradi Wijaya Saputra also said that the dynamics of the Javanese Pantura fishery should be the basis of the post-COVID-19 fisheries development strategy. He also mentioned that the reason for over exploitation is because exploitation has exceeded the capacity of nature to provide new biomass, because what fishermen know is only the amount produced. This is even more so if the productivity of the equipment increases and there is no selectivity for fishing, plus the recording is not good. So that management action is needed through controlling input and output, the point of which is to strengthen coordination of fisheries management stakeholders in the 712 Fisheries Management Area (WPP) and reactivate the Mitra Bahari program along with data that needs to be increased availability and validation.

"Whereas the most important thing for us is to find out whether the utilization rate is excessive or there is no data yet. (IAAS / NAS)



Published Date : 04-Aug-2020

Resource Person : Dr Budhi Hascaryo Iskandar

Keyword : fisheries, fishermen, Java's north coast, Covid countermeasures, IPB lecturers