MDPI’s Sustainability coordinator Wildan, an alumni of Mataram University, as a Keynote Speaker in National Seminar on Fisheries Research at Mataram University

23 Dec 2015
Indah Rufiati
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MDPI’s Sustainability coordinator Wildan, an alumni of Mataram University, as a Keynote Speaker in National Seminar on Fisheries Research “Potential development of the Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Resources as Strategy Realizing Indonesia as World’s Maritime Axis” at Mataram University

Wildan sets the scene for a large gathering of Mataram students last October in Mataram…“Indonesia is located in the coral triangle which has abundant marine species that supports millions of human lives”

What is important and what should be on the radar of every fishery student… 1) ensuring strong traceability for all fishery products entering the market place both international and domestic, the ability to verify the origin of the fish, the fishing method, whether it is free of IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) fishing and last but not  least the quality of the fish. Other aspects include a 2) strengthening of fishery research in Indonesia, based on good high quality data and 3) close contact with the fishing communities.

The seminar invited keynote speakers from MDPI, Mitra Bahari Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) and BKSDA (Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam) NTB. The participants of the seminar were Pemuda Pelopor Bahari from Sumbawa and around 200 fishery students from Mataram University, Brawijaya University, Universitas Muhammadiah Malang and Universitas Islam Lamongan.

Following on from the presentation session, there was a question and answer round, giving the participants the opportunity to interact with the speakers and delve deeper into the topics. The discussion focused on NTB as a strategic area in Indonesia, contributing significantly towards realizing Indonesia as a World maritime Axis. The discussion was very engaging because NTB is rich with commercial species to support local and national food and livelihood needs: fishery products from demersal fish, seaweed, pearl, pelagic fish and shrimp. Marine aquaculture and freshwater aquaculture and marine tourism are also a great potential of NTB.

MDPI is very proud and delighted to be have been a part of the seminar in Mataram University. One of MDPI’s goals is to keep supporting the improvement of information related to sustainable fishing practices in Indonesia. Sharing information to students is one of the attempts to achieve this goal. Hopefully, MDPI’s strong relationship with Fishery Program of Mataram University will result in more positive activities in supporting sustainable fisheries and approaches in Indonesia’s marine sector.

Writers: Wildan and Indah Rufiati

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