70th Independence Day – President Wants Oceans Saved from Climate Change

Jakarta -- President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on all stakeholders to do their utmost to save oceans from the impacts of climate change, which threatens maritime resources and fisheries in the country. "Oceans that face the threat of climate change must be saved," he said while addressing the joint plenary session of the House of Representatives and the Regional Representatives Council here on Friday. The country's waters must also be saved from illegal fishing activities, he added. For this purpose, stern actions must be taken, such as drowning boats caught stealing fish from Indonesian waters, among other measures, he stated. Moreover, to realize the sea toll program, the country is developing productive shipbuilding industries. "God willing, it will boost the sustainable development of the maritime economy," the president remarked. The head of state also emphasized that the nation needs to promote Indonesia's maritime identity and culture in line with its vision to become the world maritime axis. Indonesia is one of the world's largest maritime countries with some 5.8 million square kilometers of sea territory, while its land territory covers only 1.9 million square kilometers. Beaches and coastal areas in the country are some 92,000 kilometers long, making it the second-longest coastline after Canada. Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world, with around 70 percent of its territory water and 17,480 islands. In addition, Head of the Fisheries and Maritime Research and Development Department of the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry Achmad Poernomo recently noted that Indonesia, which has geographical and demographic excellence, can properly serve as the world maritime axis. He added that Indonesia's annual marine and fisheries potential amounted to US$800 million. The economic potential of Indonesia's marine sector can provide jobs to 40 million people, Poernomo affirmed. However, this extraordinary potential has yet to be optimally exploited. (Source: Antara15082015)