Bintuni Bay Fishermen have a Catch Production of 6.17 Tons of Shrimp Each Month





The water of Bintuni Bay is an area that has the widest mangrove formation in West Papua Province, which is 260,000 ha or about 10 percent of the total area of mangrove areas in Indonesia. This is what makes the waters of Bintuni Bay potential for high fishery resources. The density of mangrove forest in Bintuni Bay also makes this area as a shrimp catching base with high potential levels, besides being a fishing base area for fishermen. Along the coast of Bintuni Bay is a potential area for fishing activities. One of them is the shrimp commodity because shrimp is very dominant in Bintuni Bay waters. The mangrove ecosystem with muddy waters and large rivers, which empty into this bay, make Bintuni Bay a good habitat for shrimp breeding. Fishermen doing shrimp fishing activities in this area on average can catch 6.17 tons of shrimp each month. On the other hand, the Bintuni Bay area also has relatively high natural gas reserve potential, particularly in areas covering the Taroi and Weriagar waters. This potential is also a natural blessing that needs to be explored and utilized as much as possible for the benefit of the community. However, it is known that the manner of exploring and exploiting natural gas resources still uses seismic technology or sound waves, which will certainly affect the surrounding environment, especially the fishery resources in Bintuni Bay. Sound waves do not harm the environment, but if done continuously, it will certainly have a negative impact on the surrounding waters, namely the physical destruction of fish and other species. This of course should be considered separately. That is why the West Papua Provincial Government is encouraged to initiate a new conservation area in Bintuni Bay, a protected and well-managed water area to achieve the sustainable management of fish and environmental resources. Certainly, this conservation issue is expected to go hand in hand with development, or more precisely as an environmental counterbalance. Because if management is only focused on the exploration of natural resources without paying attention to conservation, there will be environmental inequality.

Source : Tabloid West Papua Edisi 3

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