Our archipelago is one of the most important reservoirs of marine biodiversity on the planet. Every year it contributes several billions of dollars of revenue to the fishing, aquaculture and tourism industries. Fifty million Indonesians owe their livelihood to fishing and aquaculture.
But our marine resources are under threat as never before. Every year illegal fishing deprives our government and fishermen of nearly 2 billion dollars. Global warming, pollution and coastal deforestation are increasingly threatening our natural resources.
To combat these risks and reinforce our Blue Revolution – with the aim of making our country the world’s leading producer of fishery products – we have launched the INDESO project.
This national project intends to provide a forecasting and management center for marine resources that will enable us to predict changes in our fishery resources, protect them (mainly from illegal fishing) and also develop them.