Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Export value of Indonesia Ornamental Fish tends to increase


Export value of ornamental fish from Indonesia tends to increase every year, and during the year 2009 reached 10 million U.S. dollars.

"In 2007 totaled USD 7.3 million, and on the year 2008 is increasing to USD 8.3 million," said Head of Data Center for Statistics and Information Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Soen'an H. Purnomo. But according to him, the export value is still not significantly compared to the large potential of ornamental fish resources of Indonesia which reaches 1.5 billion fishes.

Indonesia is now only controlled 7.5 percent of new ornamental fish trade in the world, or far behind compared to Singapore which reached 22.8 percent. "Though the country has no resources of ornamental fish," said Soen'an. Receiving countries that receive of freshwater and marine species which export from Indonesia are Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, America and the European Union. "Therefore, to bolster the performance of marine and fisheries sector, the one commodity that is important is the ornamental fish, hence its development needs to be done well," he said.

To develop of ornamental fish industry can be done through three efforts : first, the development of marketing and development center of ornamental fish, or better known as Ornamental Fish Research. The second effort, which is organizing exhibitions and sales of ornamental fish market. Third is facilitating the ornamental fish market promotion in foreign and domestic.

"In an effort to realize the vision of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to be a biggest producer of marine and fishery products in the world in 2015, we had set a four-step strategy (grand strategy policy)," he said. These strategic steps are to strengthen institutional and human resources in an integrated manner, to manage marine resources and sustainable fisheries, enhance productivity and competitiveness of the knowledge base and expand domestic and international market access.