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Govt aims to produce 22.39 million tons of fish by 2015

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 7 2011   /  08:00 am

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry plans to increase Indonesia’s fish production to 22.39 million tons by 2015, a significant jump from the 14.87 million tons targeted next year.

The ministry estimates that production could reach 12.3 million tons in 2011, up from 11.2 million tons in 2010.

“We plan to make Indonesia the world’s leading fish producer by 2015 and have thus targeted fantastic fish production levels every year,” Minister Fadel Muhammad said on Thursday after opening the Indonesian Blue Revolution Expo and Forum 2011 in Jakarta. The production included fish, shrimp and seaweed to be produced by fishing and aquaculture techniques.

According to the ministry’s director general of aquaculture, Ketut Sugama, seaweed accounted for up to 60 percent of the total production.

“It takes only 45 days to grow seaweed before farmers enj...