Minister calls on global community to help bridge the maritime research divide

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sakti Wahyu Trenggono urged the international community to collaborate and bridge the research and technology gap in the global marine and fisheries sector at the recent Forum of South-South cooperation.

“Indonesia urged countries with advanced fisheries technology to assist South-South countries by providing research assistance, capacity upgrading and talent development,” Trenggono said in a statement. press release issued by the ministry in Jakarta on Saturday.

He said during the forum, he urged South-South countries to collaborate for research and technological development, which is essential to exploit fishery resources to meet global demand for fish.

Maritime research and technology are also essential to balance ecological protection, the health of the maritime environment and economic development, he added.

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The disparity in global fisheries development has led countries to struggle to meet global food demands, he said. The current climate crisis affecting the global fishing industry should spur the global community to collaborate and address these issues, he added.

To resolve global maritime and fisheries issues, the Indonesian government has been pushing for cooperation within the South-South community, he said. Indonesia is also committed to supporting the development of fisheries, especially for the development of low-carbon and environmentally sustainable fishing technologies, added Trenggono.

“Collaboration between the South-South community is important to address the effect of the climate crisis on the global fishing industry,” said the Minister.

In addition to relying on research and technology, the continuity of measured fishing practices is also essential to achieve proper control of fishery resources and ecological sustainability, he added.

Indonesia recognizes South-South and Triangular Cooperation as a platform for international cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 while taking into account the interests of multiple stakeholders.

The South-South and Triangular High Level Roundtable took place during the World Aquaculture Conference, held from September 22 to 25, 2021. It was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other international organizations.

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