Serving Lecturers of IPB University Helped to Uncover the Potential of Seaweed in Bekasi Regency

Following up on the collaboration that existed between IPB University and Balitbangda Bekasi Regency, some time ago, through the Lecturer Serve Program, Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM), Department of Aquatic Product Technology, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (FPIK) to help map the potential of fisheries in Bekasi Regency. Some of the IPB University lecturers involved in this program are Prof. Dr. Nurjanah, Prof. Dr. Tati Nurhayati, Dr. Mala Nurilmala, Dr. Asadatun Abdullah and Dr. Roni Nugraha.

The activity which took the theme "Characteristics and Utilization of Fisheries Potential in Bekasi to Increase Added Value" involved six agencies, namely the Bekasi Research and Development Agency, Bekasi Marine Fisheries Service, Bekasi Regency Government Division, Bekasi Government’s Research and Development Division, Fisheries Service 2 (Coord PP-Halim), and the Bekasi District Food Security Service.

"In the initial activity, we conducted information research related to the potential of fisheries in Bekasi Regency, especially marine fisheries. Apart from that, information was also extracted regarding the form of fishery product processing and marketing of fishery products that have been carried out in Bekasi Regency. We are also digging up information related to the nutritional status of the people in the Bekasi district, ”said Prof. Nurjanah.

According to her, there are five activities that will be carried out during the Serving Lecturer program. Namely determining the characteristics of seaweed and its derivative products, utilization of milkfish and its waste, handling and nutritional value of fish, characteristics of molluscs and their prospects for use and recognizing symptoms of poisoning by eating fish and early treatment methods.

"From the results of our initial investigation of the potential of seaweed in Bekasi Regency, we found that the community has been cultivating Gracilaria sp seaweed since 2007. Seaweed cultivation (pond) has been integrated with milkfish cultivation. There has been traditional processing for the manufacture of several types of processed products. For example, seaweed lunkhead. But it still needs to be improved until it can be better commercialized, "said the IPB University seaweed expert.

Prof. Nurjanah also added that most of the seaweed is sold in dry whole form so that the added value does not exist for the communities around the cultivation area. Seaweed is harvested 5-6 times a year with a total yield per hectare of four to five tons. Sales of dried seaweed are to the Surabaya and Malang areas.

"We also find that people's understanding of the benefits of seaweed for food and non-food is not sufficient," she added. (IAAS/FAP)




Published Date : 01-Oct-2020

Resource Person : Prof Nurjanah

Keyword : Serving Lecturer, IPB University, Seaweed, IPB lecturer