Bandung, BRIN Public Relations. As a maritime country, Indonesia is blessed with diverse and abundant fish resources. One of agencies in charge of research on restoration of freshwater and marine fish resources is the Research Center for Restoration of Jatiluhur Fish Resources of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (BRPSDI KKP). This is one of research work units that will become part of BRIN. “God willing, we all have good intentions and faith, this is most important,” said Head of BRIN Laksana Tri Handoko in his remarks, Thursday (27/1), in Purwakarta, West Java.

Handoko emphasized that the ongoing research integration process has positive consequences for research activities at BRPSDI. In the future, researchers will have more support in terms of infrastructure, program plans and even research networks. Researchers at BRPSDI will be stronger because BRIN opens maximum access to cross-disciplinary research collaborations. This includes  use of all research facilities that BRIN has. “Giving samples is not something complicated after this integration,” he said.

He also understands the anxiety that BRPSDI researchers may feel, however, Handoko assured that the ongoing integration process will improve the level of research of all work units at BRIN including BRPSDI in the future. This merger does not necessarily close the service for KKP, but instead improves the existing research services. “Later on, our service should be stronger because you will have many colleagues in the same field,” he added. Research on waters and fisheries is not something new at BRIN because of the track record of research spreading across various research centers such as the Marine and Fisheries Research Center and the Limnology Research Center.

Handoko believes in the human resource potential of researchers that BRPSDI currently has. Research in the field of fisheries and waters has a bright future. The activities of BRPSDI research can be further advanced with the support of other technologies available at BRIN such as remote sensing, image data, and so forth. Existing researches can also be jointly carried out so that the output can really be maximum. “No need to worry, it’s my homework so that we can both get to a better level,” he affirmed.

The man usually called Pak Han also explained the fluidity of communication at BRIN. He admits that he often receives messages, questions, inputs, and criticism on his gadget. That’s not a problem. Handoko ensured that communication within BRIN takes place almost without hierarchy. This is intended to ensure that communication can run effectively and efficiently so that every detail of problems can be handled immediately. “We are a large but agile organization,” he said.

The human resource mapping process is currently still ongoing. BRPSDI researchers are welcome to choose any research center according to their expertise. This does not mean that after getting research center placement, the researcher concerned only stays at the research center, instead BRIN gives the researcher the freedom to contribute to another research program that may be located in other research centers. This is BRIN’s effort to provide academic freedom for its researchers to work. “We must be proactive for researchers as this is an opportunity to develop themselves,” he exclaimed.

Handoko also encourages BRPSDI researchers to immediately continue their studies to undergraduate or graduate programs. BRIN has provided the ByResearch scholarship platform so that researchers can immediately improve their capabilities and academic degrees. The ByResearch scheme is also one of BRIN’s pledges to continue producing excellent talents for Indonesian research. “It is simple, as long as you are accepted at the campus and get a Co-Promoter,” he said.

Head of BRPSDI Iswari Ratna Astuti admitted that she is happy to be able to get enlightenment on the integration process that is currently taking place at BRIN. Particularly for BRPSDI that has a strategic role in maintaining the restoration of fresh-water and marine fish resources, including in the aspect of overexploitation and environmental degradation. “It covers conservation as well as rehabilitation,” she explained. BRPSDI currently has 19 functional researchers with a total of 55 human resources. This includes 3 research professor and senior researchers. Also present at the meeting were Acting Chief  Secretary Rr Nur Tri Aries Suestiningtyas; Acting Head of Planning and Finance Bureau, Prakoso Bhairawa Putera; Acting Head of State Property Management and Procurement Bureau Christianus Ratrias Dewanto; and Acting Head of the Bureau of Public Communication, General Affairs, and Secretariat Driszal Fryantoni. (as)