The National Seminar on Maritime Law with the theme of the Management and Utilization of Fisheries Resources was held in Solo by the Directorate General of International Law and Treaties in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of the Sebelas Maret University (UNS) (07/06). This seminar is one of series of activities carried out by the Directorate General of International Law and Treaties to welcome the Archipelago Day on December 13, 2013 and 2013 Sail Komodo.
The theme selection for the seminar this time is based on the need to increase understanding and knowledge on Indonesian marine issues, including understanding the management and utilization of fisheries resources.
The seminar which was opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Law of UNS, Prof. Dr. Hartiwiningsih S.H., M.Hum was attended by the lecturers and students from UNS, UGM, UNDIP, UNSOED, UNHAS and other universities in Central Java and Yogyakarta as well as stakeholders from the Marine and Fisheries Agency of the Local Government of Central Java and Special Region of Yogyakarta and the Fisheries Agency of Surakarta.
The speakers of this national seminar are: Prof. Hasyim Djalal (Senior Adviser of the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries), Dr. Col. Kresno Buntoro (Head of Legal Agency for Indonesian West Region Fleet Command – the Navy of the Indonesian National Armed Forces), Dr. Joko Wahyu Winarno SH, MS (Lecturer of Faculty of Law at UNS), Ir. Erni Widjajanti, M.Ag.Buss (Head of Sub Directorate of Fish Resources of Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone and High Seas, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and Siti Muslimah, SH, MH. (Lecturer of Faculty of Law - UNS)
In her speech, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at UNS welcomed the cooperation with the Directorate General of International Law and Treaties, the Foreign Ministry in organizing the national seminar. Through this seminar, the management of fish resources owned by Indonesia can be discussed to be able to provide benefits to the public welfare.
Meanwhile, in her speech, the Director General of International Law and Treaties, Linggawaty Hakim emphasized that this national seminar is one of the means to disseminate information and create awareness concerning the utilization of Indonesia's fishery resources as a huge source of economy based on the principle of sustainable utilization.
Besides that, it is expected that there is a better understanding on maritime issues to improve coordination among various stakeholders so that the more integrated handling of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries including border diplomacy can be done for the national interest.
In the presentation session hosted by the Secretary of Directorate General of International Law and Treaties, the speakers explained matters among other things are: Prof. Hasyim Djalal explained about arranging the fish resources management in accordance with the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The importance of the development blue economy policy based on the principle of pro-growth, pro-poor and pro-jobs by the Indonesian government. It is necessary for Indonesia to have an active role in several Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMO) forums to utilize fish resources which go through Indonesian waters.
The maritime boundary agreement is important to obtain legal certainty for jurisdiction and sovereignty in managing marine resources. The speaker Col. Kresno Buntoro raised the topic of Monitoring and Law Enforcement in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The need to understand the concept of sovereignty over territorial waters and sovereignty over marine resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) which will be closely linked with policy, clarity of legislation, institutions and procedures is emphasized. The speaker, Dr. Joko Wahyu Winarno SH, MS raised the topic of Legal Protection for Traditional Fishermen in Utilizing Fishery Resources.
The speaker, Ir. Erni Widjajanti, M.Ag.Buss raised the topic of the Management of Indonesia and the Role of Indonesian Cooperation in the RFMO Forum. The speaker, Siti Muslimah, SH, MH raised the topic of the Urgency of Determining Indonesian Maritime Boundary in Managing and Utilizing Fisheries Resources
In the question and answer session, participants have high enthusiasm to understand the arrangement of UNCLOS on fisheries resources, including the management and utilization of fisheries resources, the problems faced by Indonesia in managing fisheries and enforcing Indonesian maritime boundary and the Indonesian government's efforts in developing the blue economy policy.
After the seminar, there is a signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Directorate General of International Law and Treaties, the Foreign Ministry, and the Faculty of Law, UNS on Cooperation for Training and Improving Human Resources which are represented by the Secretary of Directorate General of International Law and Treaties and the Dean of the Faculty of Law - UNS. This MoU aims to encourage and support closer cooperation and synergy between the world of academia and practitioners. (Source: Setditjen HPI)