Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia has explored efforts to strengthen cooperation with Russia in fishery product trade in an effort to increase its seafood export to Russia.

"Indonesia has superior fishery commodities such as shrimp and seaweed, that can meet the needs of the Russian fishery market," Secretary General of the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Ministry Antam Novambar said.

Novambar made the statement after holding a bilateral meeting with Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov on the sidelines of the Fifth Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Antam Novambar in a press release here on Sunday said that during the bilateral meeting, he asked for an agreement to strengthen trade cooperation in fishery products between the two countries; He hoped that the agreement could be signed on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali in November 2022.

During the meeting, Shestakov told the Indonesian official that Russia has satellite technology for monitoring fishing vessels.

"We can explore further cooperation regarding technology transfer for the development of surveillance satellites because it is very much needed in implementing a quota-based quantified fishing policy," Novambar said.

Meanwhile, the ministry's acting Director General of Strengthening the Competitiveness of Marine and Fishery Products Ishartini, who also joined the working visit to Russia, said that in recent years, Russia has become one of the potential markets for Indonesian fishery product exports.

On the occasion, the KKP ministry's delegation paid a visit to a Russian fish processing unit that produces processed fish and seaweed.

"We will facilitate the exploration of export opportunities for Indonesian fishery products needed by the Russian fishing industry," Ishartini added.

Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sakti Wahyu Trenggono earlier instructed his staff to continue to improve the export performance of fishery products.

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