July 17, 2020
No more mangrove deforestation for aquaculture: Indonesia Minister
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Eddhy Prabowo assured in a July 16 statement that mangrove forests would no longer be converted into aquaculture ponds, and the ministryplans to plant more mangrove trees, Antara reported.
"I guarantee that there will be no more deforestation of mangrove forests in future. In its place, we will plant mangroves," Minister Prabowo noted.
A new-fangled innovative aquaculture system has been developed that enables shrimp and fish farming without the need to have a vast land area, he said.
The Ministry has been developing an intensification system for shrimp and fish farming.
"In the past, 10 hectares of land could only yield one tonne. However, currently, one hectare of land can produce 10 to 15 tonnes of shrimp. This has been proven in several places in Indonesia," he pointed out.
Prabowo also drew attention to the high demand for shrimp both domestically and internationally,where the latter requirement remains high and holds promise.
National shrimp production is currentlyabout 800,000 to one million tonnes annually.
The Ministry is also promoting a Silvofishery system for shrimp farming in addition to applying the intensification system, he added.
Mangrove reforestation will be conducted in former shrimp ponds while being used for the cultivation of other marine species, such as grouper, tiger shrimp, and white snapper, he revealed.
Indonesia is home to the world's largest mangrove population.Mangroves have been disappearing faster than inland tropical rainforests as they are cleared to make way for shrimp farms.
Mangrove deforestation has also led to a decline in fisheries, degradation of clean water supplies, salinisation of coastal soils, erosion, and land subsidence.