BPPT to apply "satoumi" concept

BPPT to apply "satoumi" concept

(ANTARA/Izaac Mulyawan)

"This concept uses technological, social, economic, and environmental approaches."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) plans to apply "satoumi", a new concept from Japan at four districts in Indonesia, according BPPT official.

Satoumi is defined as marine and coastal landscapes that have been formed and maintained by prolonged interaction between humans and ecosystems.

"This concept uses technological, social, economic, and environmental approaches," BPPT director for the center of agricultural technology Nenie Yustiningsih said at International Workshop "Satoumi-Gempita SPL-Gapura" International Workshop here on Wednesday.

She explained that with such a concept, damaged and abandoned coastal areas could be restored.

According to her, exploitation of around 400 hectares of coastal areas into fish ponds was expected to be productive and beneficial to the fishermen.

Nenie noted that the BPPT would apply the concept in the districts of Karawang, West Java; Bantaeng, South Sulawesi; Anambas, Riau Islands, and Tanah Bumbu, South Kalimantan.

Meanwhile, BPPT director for studies on production technology of fisheries and livestock Suhendar I Sachoemar said the concept was introduced by Japanese scientist Tetsuo Yanagi.

He said Tetsuo Yanagi has introduced the concept of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) that provides the by-products, including waste, from one aquatic species as inputs for another.

Suhendar noted that the IMTA concept will recycle both organic non organic wastes in the forms of nitrogen and phosphate to become fertilizers and food for other so that the entire operation becomes more socially acceptable, economically profitable and environmentally benign.