Pangkalpinang (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has established marine conservation areas in five districts of Bangka Belitung (Babel) Islands to boost local well-being, an official said.

"The management of marine conservation in the Babel Islands is certainly getting better as it already has a strong legal foundation," said Muh. Firdaus Agung Kunto Kurniawan, the ministry's Director of Marine Conservation and Biodiversity, in Pangkalpinang on Tuesday.

The marine conservation areas include Tuing in Bangka, Perlang Ketugar in Central Bangka, and Lepar Pongok in South Bangka, Mendanau-Membalong in Belitung, and Memporang in East Belitung.

Kurniawan said that there are many economic opportunities in conservation areas. For example, they can be used for tourism and other purposes to boost the economy of the local people.

"Studies have been conducted to develop the economic potential within these conservation areas, ensuring management aligns with their designated purposes," he explained.

Meanwhile, Head of the Babel Islands Maritime and Fisheries Office, Agus Suryadi, said the designation of five districts as conservation areas in Babel Islands will help develop the blue economy in the province.

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