Fishery commodities play an important role in reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition. This sector serves as the sources of employment, income, food, and foreign exchange in international trade. In 2010, Indonesian fishery sector absorbed 54.8 million workers and sustain the lives of 660-820 million people. Asia accounts for over 60 percent of world fish production and the majority come from small and medium micro enterprises.
"128 million tons of fish is directly consumed as food, helping to reduce hunger, poverty and malnutrition in the world. The world consumption of fish is on average 18.4 kilograms per capita and 47 percent of fish production comes from aquaculture," said Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources Division, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Prof. Indroyono Soesilo in the Stadium Generale 'World Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and Position of Indonesian Fisheries', Saturday (25/5) at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) Darmaga.
This activity, organized by the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (FPIK-IPB), is part of a series of activities in IPB 50th Anniversary. Unfortunately over the last ten production of capture fish has decreased .
"We can now expect aquaculture businesses to increase fush production," said Director of FAO of the first Indonesian origin.
Moreover, Prof. Indroyono said, to maintain a sustainable development of aquaculture and capture fisheries we must conserve marine biodiversity and ecosystems, maximize the utilization of fish-based food and optimize socio-economic benefits for the community.
"We also have to optimize marine biological resources other than fish like seaweed as raw material for medicines, food, cosmetics, biotechnology, textiles, ceramics and so on," he emphasized. (Mtd)
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