10 Nov 3 Ways to Love this Ocean Inspired by Susi Pudjiastuti
Indonesian ocean stretches very wide and beautiful. Indonesia is known as an archipelagic country which has been established since the Djuanda Declaration in 1957 and strengthened by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Based on data from the KKP, the total area of the ocean in Indonesia is around 62%, or about 7.81 million km2. While the number of islands in Indonesia is 17,499 islands, with a coastline of 81,000 km.
Talking about the ocean, there is one figure who has been the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries from the 2014-2015 Working Cabinet. The figure is Susi Pudjiastuti, a person who is brave and firm against maritime policies. His policies are known to be very aggressive, seen from the punishment for sinking illegal foreign ships in Indonesian waters.
Susi Pudjiastuti has been in the marine world since 1983. She started her business by selling lobster and fresh fish from fishermen. He takes great care and ensures that the fish sold are in fresh condition. Until finally he decided to buy two planes to transport his sales products to Jakarta so that the fish had a low mortality rate.
The election of Susi Pudjilestari as minister of fisheries and marine affairs, received many positive and negative responses from the community. The reason is, Susi’s does not have a higher education background. However, President Jokowi still chose Susi because she is believed to be able to provide a breakthrough for the Indonesian government system, and Susi’s love for the sea is so deep.
Indonesia, with its marine wealth, must be protected and loved. Here are some ways.
Know and study the contents of the ocean
Susi often makes campaigns to distribute diving goggles for children on the coast. The little things that Susi does are aimed at making local people know the beauty of the ocean. For Susi it is unfair to see coastal communities guarding the beach but they never know the beauty of the contents of the ocean. They must know what is in the ocean to be able to cause a sense of love.
Not only people near the coast, but Susi wants all Indonesian people to understand the condition of the sea in Indonesia. Various tourist attractions and entertainment are interspersed with education about the importance of protecting the ocean. As managed at Taman Safari Indonesia, Jakarta Aquarium as a place for nature and animal conservation that has an edutainment concept. Jakarta Aquarium has 12 zones that are home to around 600 species, ranging from mammals, fish, reptiles, and insects.
There are many kinds of living things in the sea. Among them are living things that are on the border between sea and land consisting of starfish, shrimp, crabs, and sea worms. While living things in shallow seas consist of plankton, nekton, neston, and benthos. In addition, there are various types of coral reefs and fish that grow in clear shallow seas.
Reduce the use of plastic
Indonesia is the second largest in the world of plastic use after China. There is still a lot of marine debris which is dominated by various plastic wastes. This can have an impact on the destruction of ecosystems and biodiversity due to increased pollution and threats to life under the sea. In addition, with the amount of garbage in the sea, the sea level will rise.
Indonesia has the potential to become a world maritime pros, this means that Indonesia can become a large, strong and prosperous maritime country. One way to realize these ideals is to commit and maintain the management of marine resources. Therefore, this requires awareness by all Indonesian people to obey and not litter (especially in the sea) so that the condition of the sea remains in good condition.
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Not fishing illegally
Coral reefs that are still in good condition in Indonesia, only comprise 40% of Indonesia’s marine conditions. this is due to destructive fishing by various groups of people. Although illegal fishing from abroad has been handled, destructive fishing is still often carried out by local communities.
Destructive fishing can be interpreted as catching fish and the like using explosives or using toxic materials. This activity can cause damage to the marine ecosystem around the fish catch area. In addition, the effect of this fish bomb can disrupt the ecological balance or food chain in the sea. Worse, if the extinction of organisms occurs slowly so that it will affect the diversity of the waters.This destructive fishing activity often occurs in the waters of the island of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.