Sun, 01 Aug 2010

Ambon, Maluku Province (ANTARA News) - Maluku`s fishery potential can boost the province`s s economy, said Fisheries and Marine Affairs Minister Fadel Muhammad.

"The fishery potential existing in Maluku must be used to support the economy of this region in particular and Indonesia in general," Minister Fadel Muhammad said when speaking at a symposium on "Indonesia-Australia Business and Surveillance Forum" here Friday.

The symposium was organized by the ministry as part of the Sail Banda 2010 activities.

Maluku has fishery resources totaling 261,490 tons, consisting of 980,100 tons of small pelagic fish, 295,500 tons of demersal fish, 47,700 tons of coral fish, 44,000 tons of shrimp, 800 tons of lobster, and 10,570 tons of squid.

According to the minister, the symposium is being organized from July 30 to August 1, 2010, with the objective of strengthening cooperation between Indonesia and Australia in surveillance in the fishery sector especially in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The Business Forum is being attended by among others representatives of the Indonesia-Netherlands Association and the Indonesia-Australia Business Council.

The Indonesia-Australia Surveillance Forum is an annual meeting between the Indonesian Directorate General of Fishery and Marine Resource Surveillance and Australia`s Border Protection Command officials.

The international marine event of Sail Banda was officially launched by on Saturday, July 24, 2010, by Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono at Darwin`s Cullen Bay in the presence of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad, Maluku Governor Karel Albert Ralahalu, and the Darwin mayor. (*)