Dr. James J. S. Johnson
INDONESIA INTENDS TO BUILD, OFFSHORE, 3 SEA BASS AQUACULTURE FACILITIES
Indonesia produces much oil and gas,
Yet it now plans to fish-farm sea bass;
Raising sea bass galore,
Using net-pens offshore,
Soon tons of the fish should amass!
COMMENTARY: Just like livestock husbandry, the aquaculture industry appreciates high-risk capital investment, labor-intensive maintenance costs, and (potential) profitability of its “farm” animals – see Proverbs 14:4. Yet, as the old saying goes: “If your input exceeds your output, your upkeep is your downfall.” So, whenever operated as a profitable operation, offshore aquaculture often yields large-scale harvests and handsome profits, all over the world.
A recent example of such high-risk enterprise harks from Indonesia. According to The Fish Site ( www.thefishsite.com , Indonesia has decided to undertake a major offshore fish-farming operation, to expand its seabass production. Of course, Indonesia need not “reinvent the wheel”, so the Norwegian fish-farming netpen model is being used for this investment capital-intensive operation. Specifically, The Fish Site report says:
“The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is to build three offshore aquaculture facilities in 2017 in a hope to produce an additional 1,500 tons of seabass annually. The ministry’s director general for aquaculture, Slamet Soebjakto, said the facilities would be built in Sabang, Aceh; Karimun Jawa, Central Java; and the southern coast of Java between Cilacap and Pangandaran, with a total investment of Rp 141 billion (US$10.5 million), reports the JAKARTA POST. ‘The figure will cover everything, including the automatic feeder machines, fish nets and the cost of establishing floating bases and docks,’ Slamet said. The construction of the offshore facilities, the model of which has been adopted from Norwegian models [which have been developed mostly in Norwegian salmon “farming”], is expected to be completed in eight months, Slamet added. The facilities will be jointly operated by state-owned fishery firm Perikanan Indonesia and local fisherfolk associations.”
[Quoting The Fish Site, January 3, 2017, posted at http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/28623/indonesia-to-expand-seabass-production-with-offshore-facilities/ .]