Indonesian Australia Awards scholars benefit from field trip in fishing and aquaculture
September 1, 2015

Indonesian Australia Awards scholars engaging in the field trip in Port Lincoln
On 5 and 6 August a group of 20 Australia Awards scholars travelled to Port Lincoln, South Australia to gain first-hand experience with Australia’s fishing and aquaculture industries.  The group consisted of scientists, civil servants and senior managers, all from the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. They are in Australia to undertake post-graduate study at various Australian universities through the Australia Awards Scholarships. An additional two participants joined the group from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Jakarta to observe and participate in the field trip.
 
Australia Awards – Indonesia organised the trip, selecting Port Lincoln as the ideal destination allowing participants to see Australia’s fishing and aquaculture industries first-hand.  During their visit, the group visited kingfish and tuna ranches, saw fish waste products turned into products such as fertiliser, and learned how fish and aquaculture products such as oysters are prepared and stored for the restaurant market and for export.  
 
Brian Jeffriess, the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association chief executive spoke to the group, noting the importance of fishing and seafood in Indonesia. Indonesia is ranked second in the world, behind China, in terms of marine-capture fisheries, whereas Australia is well below the top ten. One of the interesting issues highlighted by Brian, and discussed by the participants, was the ability for government in Australia to consult with fishermen through industry associations, which can have many advantages in introducing new legislation and policy.  
 
The group was also in Adelaide for two days prior to Port Lincoln where they had met with a number of organisations including: the Australian Fisheries Management Authority; Department of Agriculture; Australian Border Force; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy; and the South Australian Research and Development Institute. The group heard about Australia’s approaches to sustainable management of fisheries and the many areas where the country cooperates with Indonesia in marine affairs and border issues.
 
The group also visited the South Australian Research and Development Institute site at West Beach in Adelaide where they were able to see first-hand the research and development efforts in fish and aquaculture development in South Australia.
Last updated: September 1, 2015