Traditional fisherman prepare the fishing net on early morning before they go to the sea in Pulau Santen Beach, Banyuwangi, East Java, on Sept. 16, 2014. (Shutterstock.com/Muslianshah Masrie)
The biggest fishing tournament in Indonesia is about to be held in North Maluku from Oct. 25 - 29.
About 350 participants have signed up for the Wild International Fishing Tournament, coming not only from Indonesia but also from other countries such as Singapore, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Switzerland, India and France.
The event is targeting to welcome 500 international tourists and 1,500 local tourists.
Highlighting the theme “North Mollucas as a World Fishing Destination,” the event will also feature art and culture festival, culinary festival, coastal music festival, fish-cooking competition, national maritime armada parade, maritime seminar and East Indonesia Maritime Expo.
North Maluku governor Abdul Ghani Kasuba said that the province has three leading sectors namely marine and fisheries, tourism and mine processing.
Additionally, the Wild International Fishing Tournament is held in order to develop the fisheries and tourism sectors.
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“One area that has plenty of fish is Widi Islands located in the southern end of the eastern part of Halmahera Island,” Abdul said.
Meanwhile, North Maluku tourism department head Samsuddin A. Kadir said that the opening of the event will be held on October 25 at Babang Village Public Port Complext, East Bacan district. The tournament itself will be conducted in Widi Islands, 75 miles from the opening ceremony location.
“The fishing tournament is only held from morning to evening. There are tents available on Widi Islands for participants to rest at night,” Samsuddin said.
Winners of this competition will win a trophy and total cash of Rp. 400,000 ($29.54).
President Joko Widodo is slated to officiate the event, where he will be accompanied by the first lady Iriana Joko Widodo, who will be the honorary judge for the fish-cooking competition. Minister of maritime affairs and fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti, finance minister Sri Mulyani and state-owned businesses minister Rini Soemarno are also set to attend. (asw)