BANDUNG-Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, University of Padjadjaran opened a Master of Marine Conservation study program. The opening of this study program was a response from Unpad in contributing to producing competent resources in the field of marine conservation.
The soft launching of the Marine Conservation Master Study Program will be conducted by the Indonesian Minister of Marine and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti accompanied by the Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil and Unpad Rector Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad in the "Ocean Earthing as a Nation's Future" event held at Grha Sanusi Hardjadinata Unpad, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 35, Bandung, Tuesday (2/26).
The Dean of FPIK Unpad Yudi Nurul Ihsan, M.Sc., explained, as a country with 2/3 of its territory is the ocean, Indonesia is in dire need of competent human resources in the field of marine conservation. Moreover, the Government has targeted to build 20 million hectares of marine conservation areas (MPAs).
"Of course, reliable human resources are needed in realizing and managing this conservation area," he said on Tuesday.
The commitment to develop the MPA itself is based on a number of problems that occur at sea. Marine pollution such as plastic waste and oil spills is a major threat to the marine ecosystem. In addition, climate change also has an impact on ecosystem damage.
Globally, continued Dr. Yudi, a decline in the number of fish in the ocean due to increased exploitation and theft of fish (illegal fishing). This is what encourages the need for conservation areas that allow marine ecosystems to be maintained. The opening of this study program was also the response of Unpad to the results of "Our Ocean Conference" (OOC) which was held in Bali, October 2018.
This conference resulted in one of the commitments of world leaders in the field of marine conservation.
"Unpad as one of the universities in Indonesia responded by establishing this study program," said Dr. Yudi.
The opening of the Marine Conservation Master's study program received full support from the Government. Yudi explained, the Government, both Kemenristekdikti and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, has a special scheme of research in the fields of maritime and maritime affairs. One of the sub-sectors concerns marine conservation.
"In addition, KKP and Unpad have MoUs, one of which is marine conservation," he said. Jo