Badung, Bali (ANTARA) - Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sakti Wahyu Trenggono has asked all fishery service offices to work with universities to carry out research on affordable aquaculture feed.

"We have just been able to grow, but it is inefficient. Why? Because 100 percent of the feed is still imported," he said during a national coordination meeting in Bali on Thursday.

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has identified shrimp, seaweed, lobster, crab, and Nile tilapia as key commodities for the aquaculture sector.

Trenggono said that the value of the global seafood market in 2021 was estimated at US$310.75 billion and it was projected to increase to US$730.28 billion by 2030.

He gave the example of one company in China which dominates the shrimp market share, reaching 220,000 tons in one year.

He said that the company is collaborating with research institutions for the development of feed and broodstock, whose production has reached millions of units.

Therefore, he urged all fishery service offices to work with universities to conduct the research.

To support productivity, the ministry has undertaken a pilot project for an area-based integrated shrimp pond with an annual productivity of 80 tons per hectare, as carried out in Kebumen, Central Java, over an area of 60 hectares.

Indonesia has the potential to cultivate 17.91 million hectares, including 2.96 million hectares of brackish water, 2.83 million hectares of fresh water, and 12.12 million hectares of seawater, according to the ministry.

Currently, only around 6 percent of the total potential is being utilized on average.

Trenggono also underscored the need to pursue the global market potential as well as implement the blue economy to strike an ecological and economic balance.

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Translator: Dewa Ketut, Raka Adji
Editor: Anton Santoso
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