Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. Facilitation of the Sailing Day is one of the program schemes of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) to provide an open and inclusive access for researchers/lecturers and students to use BRIN’s Research Vessel (KR) facility. As a country with a large sea area, Indonesia is still deemed necessary to further strengthen and develop research and exploration in the marine sector.

“There are approximately 108 Faculties of Maritime Studies in Indonesia, but practically none has yet the opportunity to really ‘plunge’ into the sea. Although around 60% of our area is dominated by the sea, practically not much has been explored. We need to explore the real condition, potential, existing resources, biodiversity that can be utilized in the future,” explained Head of BRIN Laksana Tri Handoko in a Webinar on Facilitation and Funding of Research and Innovation, the edition of Sailing Day Facilitation (Batch 1), Wednesday (09/03).

Handoko said that with the integration of government research units into BRIN, BRIN currently manages 5 Research Vessels (KR), namely KR Baruna Jaya I, II, III, IV and VIII. “We hope that with this research vessel and integrated management at BRIN, the operation and maintenance of these vessels can be better guaranteed and sustainable. We can support researchers in conducting their research activities in the long term, as this is the main key to mastering and utilizing marine natural resources for the prosperity of the nation,” said Handoko.

BRIN Acting Director of Research Vessel Fleet Management Nugroho Dwi Hananto, explained that with Indonesia’s sea area of ​​6.4 million km2, there is a potential economic value of USD 1.3 billion with the potential employment of around 45 million people.

“Our sea is not only large, but also deep. There are 10 economic sectors, ranging from capture fisheries, aquaculture, fishery processing, biotechnology, mangroves, tourism, transportation, maritime industry and services, non-conventional resources, and mining. We need to make these sectors not only a potential but a real source of economy, therefore research support in the seas and oceans is very important, “said Nugroho.

Nelly Florida Riama, the Head of BMKG Education and Training Center said in her presentation that the condition of sea observation density in Indonesia is still low to support BMKG operations in providing information on weather conditions, climate, and potential tsunamis. “The existence of the sailing day is very necessary to support observations in Indonesian waters. It will not only help us in maintaining the existing observation equipment in the Indian Ocean, but also how we can deploy this equipment in the Inner Sea areas of Indonesia,” she explained.

In this occasion, Chairperson of the Indonesian Fisheries and Marine College Leaders Forum and Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of Halu Oleo University, La Sara, explained that the sailing day launched by BRIN is very important to support cooperation in the fisheries and marine sector. “If we want research that has a broad impact, it can no longer be done individually. Cooperation and collaboration with all stakeholders, the government, the private sector, industry, NGOs, academia, and the community are needed to get better data involvement and processing,” said La Sara.

“The future and sustainability of fishery and marine resources are determined by the cooperation with these stakeholders to produce applicable research. So far, there has been no institution that has complete human resources/research equipment, so in the end the research is not perfect,” he added.

According to him, there are several benefits earned from the BRIN Sailing Day Facilitation program, first to assist researchers who all this time have been constrained by funds and facilities for research; assist students in the process of learning, research, and preparation of final assignments; assist BRIN in obtaining comprehensive (spatial – temporal) research or survey data to support the management of fisheries and marine resources. (ap)