Indonesia marine and fisheries experts get insights from NSW

13 April 2018

Minister Blair with Indonesian delegation

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair and NSW research scientists yesterday met with a visiting delegation of marine and fisheries experts from Indonesia who are visiting Australia to learn more about marine science and sustainable fishing practices

The 'Maluku Fisheries Delegation' comprised 15 members from a range of fisheries and marine sciences institutions in Indonesia who are participating in an Australia Awards program from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The Australia Awards program aims to contribute to the long term development of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements. It provides opportunities for people, particularly from the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and technical and further education (TAFE) institutions.

Program participants visit to Australia aims to help them develop leadership skills in the management of marine science and fisheries resources, including aquaculture and marine protected areas.

StudyNSW arranged for the group to be briefed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries on the NSW Sustainable Fisheries Strategy and meet with Minister Blair.

'NSW recently launched its first strategy for the ASEAN region, which includes Indonesia, setting out practical actions for the NSW Government to lift our economic and cultural relationship with markets in the region to the next level,' Mr Blair said.

'Working together to build knowledge, including in areas like sustainable fisheries and marine management, will contribute to ongoing efforts to deepen and strengthen our relationships with ASEAN member countries and help us explore new areas for mutual benefit.'

The Indonesian marine and fisheries experts have also been engaging with Southern Cross University (SCU) to help gain NSW insights into marine governance, including researching the balance between fisheries and tourism in the Byron Shire.

The international exchanges underscores NSW’s strong relationship with Indonesia, including under its Sister-State MoU with the Jakarta Government – established in 1994 and re-energised with a more comprehensive MoU in 2015. Education, training and research are some of the agreed areas of focus.

The event was attended by the Director of Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre, Professor Steve Smith, and two other Associate Professors (Daniel Bucher and Amanda Reichelt-Brushett) from SCU.

Also taking part were representatives from DFAT; the Indonesian Consul-General; and the Australia Indonesia Business Council.