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Indonesia commits to offshore aquaculture development

The Indonesian government has committed to developing sustainable offshore marine aquaculture farming. The materials necessary for cages, a feed barge, and other equipment have already been imported from Norway. The U.S. Soybean Export Council has expressed a great interest in this development, as the production of high volume of high value species will be a key opportunity for USSEC to partner with Indonesian feed manufacturers to include U.S. soybean meal products in forthcoming feeds.

January 18, 2018

The Indonesian government has committed to developing sustainable offshore marine aquaculture farming. The materials necessary for cages, a feed barge, and other equipment have been imported from Norway.

The budget allocated for the development of this system was 45 billion Indonesia rupian note (IDR) (about $3.5 million USD) per location, including the software but excluding operational costs. Three locations will serve as pilot models, and state-owned company Perinus will handle the farming operation and market. Each location will have 6 cages, 30 meters in diameter.

In the early stages, in order to be able to fulfill fingerling requirements, Perinus will contract with an already-established hatchery on Jakarta’s north coast, while the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) continues to establish a hatchery system at each hatchery site.

The development of aquaculture technology for high value marine finfish holds significant potential for Indonesia, and the government expects that the country could become a major supplier of marine products.

The U.S. Soybean Export Council has expressed a great interest in this development, as the production of high volume of high value species will be a key opportunity for USSEC to partner with Indonesian feed manufacturers to include U.S. soybean meal products in forthcoming feeds.

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