Dozens of international academics discuss fisheries development at UNAIR

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Participants during briefing session about fisheries at UNAIR Faculty of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs on Monday, December 16. (Photo: Courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) hosted ASEA-UNINET Joint Program for Inbound Staff Mobility 2019. In this activity, various universities around the joined ASEA-UNINET consortium. One of ASEA-UNINET consortium program is the International Community Outreach Program (COP): Life Below Water.

The program is held for one week, starting on Monday, December 16 to Saturday, December 21.

Furthermore, Dean of FPK UNAIR, Prof. Dr. Mirni Lamid MP., Drh welcomed participants from various countries. Prof. Ni Nyoman Tri Puspaningsih as Executive Director of Airlangga Global Engagement (AGE) Irfan Wahyudi, Ph.D Head of International Program Division of AGE officially opened the program at Faculty of Fisheries and Marine UNAIR Building C lt.401, Monday, December 16.

The COP: Life Below Water program is an international community-based program for coastal communities adapted from Sustainable Development Goal 14.7. The purpose of this program is to provide insights related to the management of marine products and the situation that occurs in Indonesian society.

The program was attended by at least 23 people consisting of 15 students and 8 academic staff and lecturers. Among them came from Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Tanzania, Japan, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan.

For one week, participants will visit three cities: Surabaya, Sidoarjo, and Pasuruan. They also visited Wonorejo Mangrove and learned from one of UKM in processing mangrove fruit into processed drinks.

Besides, in Sedati Sidoarjo, participants will learn about how the community manages shells into valuable products and going to Pasuruan to learn about seaweed commodities.

The coordinator of the COP: Life Below Water 2019 Program, Nadia Dewi Hartono said the participants would be formed into four groups leading by lecturers.

“There were 15 student, 8 academic staff and lecturers formed in 4 groups and they will do a presentation at the end of the activity, “said Nadia.

By visiting several places in East Java, the participants can find the problems faced by the community in there. They can also provide recommendations for the local community regarding what policies should be applied regarding fisheries and marine affairs.

“So related to the problem faced by the community (from the event, ed), what policies should be applied by the local community. “added Nadia. (*)

Author: R. Dimar Herfano Akbar

Editor: Binti Q Masruroh

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