World Fisheries Day

21 Nov 2016
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World Fisheries Day is celebrated on November 21 to highlight the importance of fisheries for humankind. Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) celebrated this year’s World Fisheries Day by conducting simultaneous events in 15 sites in Papua, Maluku, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara. The event was a fishery-themed coloring competition for elementary students and story time with fishermen. We prepared six sea animal pictures (sea turtle, shark, manta, skipjack tuna, yellowfin tuna and big eye tuna) with fun facts about them as the materials to be colored by the students. MDPI teams in the field also invited fisherman willing to share their story and experience as fisherman with the children to give an idea about fishing life to the young generation. Indonesian kids grow up with the folk song “Nenek Moyangku Orang Pelaut” (my ancestors are sailors) so it is very special to introduce the fishery world to them from a young age.

There were 603 participants, consisting of students, teachers, headmasters, fishermen and heads of village. The students were very enthusiastic in participating in the event and they gave their full attention to the fisherman’s stories, who was extremely happy to be able to share his stories with the kids. The kids were able to ask the fisherman questions about his trip and his fishing life. From the teachers’ perspective, they really appreciated that MDPI conducted the event, bringing awareness to the communities of the close connection we all have to the ocean and of the courageous work the fishermen do every day to bring us our delicious and wholesome dinners!!! The consensus was… MDPI should conduct similar events in their schools in the future because the event is categorized as fun learning! Here are the list of schools participated in World Fisheries Day event:

MDPI would like to thank all of the participants and all MDPI field team who made this event a success. Happy World Fisheries Day to all of us! Check out more photos on MDPI Facebook Page

A fisherman in Assilulu, Maluku, shares his fishing story. Photo credit: MDPI

Kids in Baubau, Southeast Sulawesi showed their work. Photo credit: MDPI

Writer: Indah Rufiati

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