03 May 2016
Co-operation between the Republic of Indonesia and the United Kingdom has been further strengthened with agreement to work together to deliver a package of marine and fisheries initiatives, including measures to combat illegal fishing, support conservation and ensure high quality and safe seafood.
The three-year agreement was signed in London last month by Republic of Indonesia Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, and Lord Price, UK Minister, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The partnership brings together Indonesia and UK scientists from their respective expert organisations the Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research (MMAF) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) to implement a five-area work plan to co-operate on:
Sharing information on procedures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
Marine affairs and fisheries scientific research, observation and surveys, including exchange of experts
Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources and biodiversity
Quality and safety management system fish and fisheries products for human consumption
Capacity building programmes
The plan has been developed following a three-day workshop in Jakarta in February, which teamed up leading experts in marine affairs and fisheries from MMAF, Cefas and other organisations, including the UK’s Foreign Office and Hydrographic Office. During May Cefas will start direct engagement under the IA to commence planning and delivery of the programme over the next three years.
Cefas CEO Tom Karsten said:
"This agreement heralds an important new era for UK-Indonesia collaboration in the fields of marine affairs and fisheries. I very much look forward to continuing to work in cooperation with our (esteemed) partners at the Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research. This agreement builds on the successful workshop we held together in February and enables us to share collective expertise and deliver mutual benefits for both organisations, our two countries and most importantly our shared global environment.”