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Indonesia, the world’s second largest fishery producer after China, is planning to increase its exports of fishery products to Vietnam, says a senior official. 

“The increase in exports to Vietnam during January to March 2014 concerned shrimp, seaweed, crabs and ornamental fish,” Antara news agency reported, quoting Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry director-general Saut Hutagalung as saying.

During the first quarter of this year, Saut said, Indonesia’s exports to Vietnam reached USD 27.36 million, an impressive increase of 32.34 percent from the exports during the same period last year.

In the remaining five months, Indonesia is planning to increase its fishery exports to Vietnam, Indonesia’s only strategic partner in Southeast Asia. Indonesia’s fishery exports to Vietnam could surpass the IDR 100 million-mark this year.

According to Saut, global shrimp prices have been on the rise since June due to an acute shortage in shrimp supplies because of the early mortality syndrome (EMS) disease in Southeast Asia.

“Now is the right time to export shrimp,” Saut said.

Global shrimp prices surged to around IDR 13 per kilogram, an impressive jump from around IDR 9 per kilo from 2013.

Indonesia Plots Master Plan for Aquaculture Development

The development of fish farming in Indonesia is increasingly playing an important role in the world's fishing industry

Because aquaculture production supplies about 45 per cent of fishery products consumed worldwide and the rapid global demand for fishery products continues to grow, while the supply through traditional sources is stagnant, the Indonesian government said it is continuing in its efforts to promote the sustainability of the supply and demand of fishery products in the future through the development of environmentally friendly and sustainable cultivation technology.

Secretary General of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sjarief Widjaja speaking in Jakarta, said that in addition to the technology development, the government is inviting stakeholders to participate actively in fishing and collaborate to construct a fisheries policy that contribute to build a secure supply of fishery products in a sustainable manner.

"Therefore, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has called on WorldFish, an international non-profit organization in Asia, to put together a master plan for national aquaculture by 2020, through the Future Indonesian Aquaculture research projects that will be implemented over 18 months", said Sjarief.

Sjarief said, Indonesia Aquaculture Futures is a collaborative project between the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and WorldFish that will provide a great opportunity to comprehensively seek to increase the value of consumption and production of the fishery sector.

The project is expected to develop scenarios of supply and demand for fishery products for the future, and to build an understanding of the opportunities and challenges to foster sustainable aquaculture in Indonesia.

"The results of this project is important to us and will be constructive as additional input and continuous efforts in ensuring sustainable growth of aquaculture development as well as production and consumption of fishery products in Indonesia", said Sjarief.

Sjarief added, according to a report from the World Bank and FAO, in 2030 it is estimated that almost two-thirds of the consumption of fishery products in all over the world will come from aquaculture.

The Asian region including South Asia, South East Asia, China and Japan are projected to make up 70 per cent of the global fish demand.

"Therefore, I believe we all understand the importance of a sustainable supply of fishery products in the future", said Sjarief.

 Source: (Jakarta Post, TheFishSite)

 Kim Thu