JAKARTA, NNC - Indonesia and Norway are strongly committed to the eradication of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF). Now, the two countries are collaborating on marine spatial management.
Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti said this cooperation on the reduction of marine waste is one of Indonesia's main policies related to maritime governance, in addition to the eradication of IUU Fishing which has been the priority of MMAF to improve fishery governance in Indonesia.
"I emphasize that the use of marine litter trust fund is allocated to help people in small islands. Because she thinks people in small islands are directly feeling the impact of marine waste on health," said Susi via written statement in Jakarta on Monday (6/11/2018).
On the same occasion, State Secretary for Minister of International Development at Norwegian Foreign Ministry Jens Holte revealed that the management of marine space must be balanced with economic benefits and marine sanitation efforts. He added that Norway has several excellent programs of sustainable marine management.
"Norway has several excellent programs for sustainable ocean space management, such as Fish for Development, Marine Spatial Management Plans and Ocean Waste Management," he said.
Previously, Indonesia and Norway have also been working together in combating fishery crime, offshore aquaculture, and marine waste management. "Norway has a great interest in reducing marine waste. We believe that plastic waste can adversely affect the quality of seafood to be consumed," he continued.
One of Norway's commitments to reduce marine waste is demonstrated through a trust fund that is used to help countries reduce marine litter in the world. This trust fund is provided through various determinations, one of which is through the World Bank, and is channeled to countries requiring assistance for waste management at sea, including Indonesia.
Minister Susi welcomed the Norwegian assistance. Minister Susi also invited Norwegian Foreign Minister to participate in the implementation of Our Ocean Conference (OOC) 2018 in Bali.
She even asked Norway to organize a side event on Ocean Waste Management together with Indonesia and the United States. Related to the invitation, Holte said Norwegian Foreign Minister will come to Bali to participate in OOC 2018.