The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) is embracing stakeholders to strengthen protection of conservation areas. By 2045, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries targets the expansion of conservation areas by 30 percent of the ocean area.

Director General of Marine and Marine Space Management, Victor Gustaaf Manoppo, explained that the stakeholders include the provincial government, universities and other work partners.

"The importance of understanding that is in harmony with all stakeholders is especially needed for regulating ship navigation inside and outside conservation areas. Also for the establishment of UPTD, increasing the effectiveness of conservation area management, and implementing marine resource balance sheets (ocean accounting) as an indicator of balance between economic growth and sustainability of marine resources," explained Victor in his work activities in Yogyakarta this early week.

The additional expansion of conservation areas up to 30 percent of the ocean area until 2045, is one of the MMAF's blue economy programs. To achieve this expansion, in 2024 the Directorate General of PKRL targets increasing the size of conservation areas to 200 thousand Ha, establishing conservation areas by the Minister to 2 million Ha, and managing conservation areas to 17.8 million Ha.

Not only that, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries manages 20 types of fish, provides assistance to the Conservation Activist Community Group (KOMPAK), implements marine resource balance sheets in conservation areas, and identifies conservation areas for strict protection based on criteria for limiting access and use of conservation areas.