Newsletter 2020

S. Korea To Launch Air Pollution Monitoring Satellite

(February 19, 2020) The world's first geostationary environment-monitoring satellite, built by South Korea, has been successfully launched, the country's state-run aerospace research institute The Ariane-5 rocket carrying the 3.4-ton Chollian-2B, tasked with monitoring the movement of fine dust and other air pollutants, as well as tides, in the East Asian region is on course to reach its fixed orbit 36,000 kilometers above the Earth's equator after lifting off from French Guiana at 07:18 p.m. (local time), according to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).

[Read full contents: https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20200218007551320 ]

BAKAMLA Will Be Sole Law Enforcement At Sea

(February 20, 2020) The Marine Security Agency (Kepala Badan Keamanan Laut; BAKAMLA) is targeting completion of the draft of the Omnibus Law on maritime by this year. In reference to Omnibus Law on maritime will place BAKAMLA as the full authority of law enforcement in the Indonesian seas in accordance with President Joko Widodo's instructions. There are around 17 laws that regulate maritime matters as of now. According to Aan Kurnia, Head of BAKAMLA, these 17 laws could be simplified into just one or two regulations. He claimed Jokowi had agreed that BAKAMLA becomes the only law enforcement agency at sea.

[Read full contents: https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20200220001327-20-476295/omnibus-law-kelautan-bakamla-penegak-hukum-tunggal-di-laut]

APEC Highlights The Importance Of Biodiversity

(February 11, 2020) APEC(Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is now accepting nominations for the 2020 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education, or ASPIRE, which spotlights cross-border innovations led by scientists in the region. APEC 2020 host economy Malaysia has declared this year’s theme as ‘Biodiversity for a Prosperous Economy’. The 2020 ASPIRE Prize will be awarded to scientific research focused on biodiversity and how it contributes to local livelihoods, traditional and modern medicines, and economic development.

[Read full contents: https://ekonomi.bisnis.com/read/20200211/12/1199766/apec-dorong-perkembangan-riset-keanekaragaman-hayati]

New Solar-powered Desalination With 385% Efficiency

(February 11, 2020) A completely passive solar-powered desalination system developed by researchers at MIT and in China could provide more than 1.5 gallons of fresh drinking water per hour for every square meter of solar collecting area. Such systems could potentially serve off-grid arid coastal areas to provide an efficient, low-cost water source. The key to the system’s efficiency lies in the way it uses each of the multiple stages to desalinate the water. At each stage, heat released by the previous stage is harnessed instead of wasted. In this way, the team’s demonstration device can achieve an overall efficiency of 385 percent in converting the energy of sunlight into the energy of water evaporation.

[Read full contents: https://www.liputan6.com/tekno/read/4175099/peneliti-temukan-metode-desalinasi-air-laut-sederhana-bertenaga-surya ]

Bali Fights For Its Beautiful Beaches Against Plastic Trash

(February 2, 2020) Popular tourist destination Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, is regularly covered in waste, most of it plastic that washes ashore during the rainy season. "Bali has banned the use of single-use plastic items in a bid to cut down on ocean pollution," said Putu Astawa, Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office. Many issues being discussed are environmental impact has brought a renewed interest in exploring solutions and opportunities to many of the problems associated with Bali's tourism industry.

[Read full contents: https://travel.detik.com/travel-news/d-4882434/soal-sampah-plastik-di-kuta-bali-ini-kata-kadispar ]

Dungeness Crab Shells Dissolved By Acidified Ocean

(January 28, 2020) As the Pacific Ocean becomes more acidic, Dungeness crabs that live in coastal areas are seeing their shells eaten away. Lower pH levels in the ocean waters are causing parts of Dungeness crab shells to dissolve, which damages their sensory organs, according to a study published this month in the journal Science of the Total Environment and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The study authors looked at ocean acidification levels from 2016. Issues with Dungeness crabs can be significant beyond your seafood dinner. Dungeness crabs are vital to the West Coast fishing industry — netting around $200 million annually. They are also important to tribal and recreational crabbers.

[Read full contents: https://life.trubus.id/baca/34959/peningkatan-kadar-asam-air-laut-merusak-cangkang-kepiting-organ-paling-keras-mahluk-di-lautan ]

Indonesia Launches First Locally Assembled Submarine In Cooperation with Korea

(January 21, 2020) Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL has launched the country's third Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK). The vessel, which will be in service as KRI Alugoro (405) once commissioned, was launched on 11 April at PT PAL's Semarang Dock in Surabaya Indonesia. While third-in-class overall, Alugoro is the first-ever submarine to be assembled in Indonesia. Its assembly was done in collaboration with engineers from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) as part of a technology transfer programme. "Indonesia is the only country in the Southeast Asian region that is able to develop and build submarine technology," explained PT PAL on its official website on January 21, 2020.

[Read full contents: https://www.cnbcindonesia.com/news/20200121123926-4-131530/ri-sukses-bikin-kapal-selam-satu-satunya-di-asean ]

Indonesia Aims To Tackle Plastic Waste

(January 11, 2020) The Government of Indonesia has formulated a National Action Plan related to the management and reduction of waste at sea. The reduction of plastic waste by 70 percent is targeted to be carried out in 2025. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry sets out the following five marine waste management strategies: 1. National movement to increase stakeholder awareness. 2. Management of origin of the waste. 3. Waste management on the coast and sea. 4. Strengthening the regulation and supervision 5. Research and development.

[Read full contents: https://www.suara.com/yoursay/2020/01/11/141518/hadapi-persoalan-sampah-plastik-di-laut-begini-strategi-pemerintah]

Jokowi: Indonesia Has Sovereign Rights In Natuna Sea

(January 08, 2020) Indonesian President Joko Widodo vowed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to enforce his country’s sovereignty over waters off the Natuna Islands as he visited the region amid diplomatic tensions with China over maritime rights. Jokowi has insisted that Indonesia has sovereign rights over natural resources in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Natuna Sea while allowing foreign vessels to pass peacefully. “I am here to ensure the enforcement of our sovereign rights over maritime natural resources in our EEZ,” Jokowi said as quoted in a press release issued by the State Palace on Wednesday.

[Read full contents: https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20200108161434-20-463523/jokowi-indonesia-punya-hak-berdaulat-sumber-daya-laut-natuna ]

Why Does Indonesia, With Its Long Coastline, Still Import Salt?

(January 13, 2020) As one of the countries with the longest coastlines in the world, Indonesia is generally expected to be self-sufficient in domestic salt production. However, according to data provided by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, only produce a maximum of 2 million tons of salt per year, while it requires more than 4 million tons, most of it for industrial use. Indonesia is not self-sufficient in salt production due to lack of technology and limited land for soil erosion which can drastically affect output.

[Read full contents: https://www.cnbcindonesia.com/news/20200113134512-4-129577/punya-laut-luas-ri-kok-mabuk-garam-impor/2 ]

BPPT Moves To Speed Up SMART Cables For Improving Tsunami Early Warnings

(January 15, 2020) The plan to use the SMART(Science Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunications) Cable will strengthen the tsunami early warning detection system, characterizing tsunami sources, and forecasting tsunami waves in Indonesian territory. Technology Assessment and Application Agency (BPPT) Maritime Survey Technology Center in collaboration with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) held a Workshop on Strengthening Tsunami Warning Operations Through SMART Cable Technology in Jakarta on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

[Read full contents: https://darilaut.id/berita/pemanfataan-smart-cable-alat-deteksi-dini-tsunami ]

Rising Sea Levels Pose Threat To Islands In Indonesia

(January 14, 2020) Climate change and its associated rise in sea levels could prove a significant threat to some of small islands in South Sumatra. According to the Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (Walhi), Four other islands were also threatened to sink in 2020 due to global warming.

[Read full contents: https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20200114165804-20-465289/walhi-air-laut-naik-2-pulau-di-sumsel-tenggelam-4-terancam ]

3,300 Artificial Reef in the Bangka Sea

(January 21, 2020) PT Timah Tbk has planted 3,300 Artificial Reef units in the Bangka Sea over the past few years. This is a form of marine reclamation by the company so that the ecosystem can grow and bring sustainable economic benefits. So far sea reclamation has shown positive results.

[Read full contents: https://investor.id/business/pt-timah-sebar-3300-artificial-reef-di-laut-bangka]


2 Satellites Ready to Launch for Monitoring Sea Levels

(January 14, 2020) Two new satellites will provide more detailed information about rising sea levels and other ocean changes. Launching in Nov 2020, the Sentinel-6/Jason Continuity of Service mission (Jason-CS) will be the longest-running Earth observation mission dedicated to studying the rising oceans.

[Read full contents: https://sains.kompas.com/read/2020/01/14/070300323/pantau-kenaikan-air-laut-di-muka-bumi-2-satelit-ini-siap-diluncurkan?page=all]

Fishery Improvement Project for Long-line Tuna

(January 22, 2020) New fishery improvement projects (FIPs) in Indonesia seek to make significant portions of the country’s valuable tuna. The national, industry-led long-line tuna FIP by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), which has been working on the project to improve tuna long-line fisheries towards responsible and sustainable tuna fishing practices so as to increase the competitiveness. The program promotes accountability for recording catches, their origin, prohibition on cutting shark fins on ships, by catching data collection.

[Read full contents: https://www.mongabay.co.id/2020/01/27/diluncurkan-program-perbaikan-perikanan-tuna-longline-demi-sustainable-fisheries/]

Government and Society Synergy For Community-based Watershed Management

(January 23, 2020) Improving the welfare of fish growers and sustainability of the mainland aquatic ecosystem (PUD) and watersheds (DAS), became a dual mission carried out by the Government of Indonesia in the aquaculture sub-sector. To realize the mission, the Government through the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) began testing the application of cultured based fisheries (CBF) technology or fisheries techniques by utilizing available natural foods.

[Read full contents: https://www.mongabay.co.id/2020/01/23/sinergi-perikanan-budi-daya-dengan-perairan-umum-daratan/ ]