The visit of the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) of Indonesia, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, to the city of Hanoi alongside Indonesia President Joko Widodo, has confirmed cooperation in the fisheries sector between Indonesia and Vietnam.

In a meeting with Vietnamese President Võ Văn Thưởng, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Minister Trenggono exchanged fisheries cooperation documents with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Le Minh Hoan at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Friday (12/1/2024).

“Insha Allah, with the synergy of two neighboring countries that have a spirit of progress together, it can encourage the advancement of the fisheries sector in each country,” Minister Trenggono expressed through the official press release.

Minister Trenggono explained that the cooperation includes the development of various upstream and downstream aspects of the fisheries sector. This includes the sustainable development of capture and aquaculture fisheries, quality and safety assurance of fisheries products, investment, processing, promotion, and trade of fisheries products.

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Cooperation with Vietnam is also an effort to combat illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing, exchange fisheries data information, technology transfer, and expert knowledge exchange. In addition, this cooperation aims to enhance the quality of human resources in the fisheries sector.

He believes that good cooperation will increase fisheries productivity in both countries. This collaboration also demonstrates the determination of Indonesia and Vietnam to combat illegal fishing that harms the ecology and economy of the countries.

Spiny lobster farming development

“One point in this cooperation relates to the development of spiny lobster cultivation in Indonesia. I believe that in the future, Indonesia can become a significant part of the global lobster supply chain. This cooperation also has the potential to make both countries champions in the fisheries sector in the region,” Trenggono concluded.

For information, Vietnam has been a market for Indonesian fisheries products. According to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries data, Indonesia’s fisheries exports to Vietnam reached USD126.5 million in 2023. The main commodities include squid, octopus, tuna, skipjack tuna, mackerel tuna, seaweed, shrimp, and other fisheries products.