Dewa Gede Raka Wiadnya, a book writerA lecturer of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences Universitas Brawijaya (FPIK-UB), Ir. Dewa Gede Raka Wiadnya, M. Sc has successfully completed the writing of a textbook, "Management of Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation Areas in Indonesia". On Thursday (4/8), yesterday, the book was discussed by some lecturers as well as various parties who were competent in the field of fisheries and marine conservation. In his speech, the Dean, Prof. Dr. Ir. Eddy Suprayitno, MS, said that the writing by Dewa Gede would contribute in teaching and learning process in their institutions. Moreover, according to Eddy, this book is not just a reference book but also well equipped wirh field lab manual. Furthermore, he hopes the other lecturers whill do the same thing which will ultimately advance the world's fisheries and water conservation in Indonesia. Therefore, the interest of students to enter FPIK will be higher. "This year we received around 1000 freshmen through various types of selection," said the Dean. Looking at such high interest, starting next year, he will provide Special (Bidik Misi) Scholarships for the sons/daughters of fishermen with a quota of 20 people. "This scholarship is a tribute to them for having high academic ability but not well off financially", he added.
The same thing is also conveyed by the Director of Conservation Areas and Types of Fish, the Directorate General of Marine, Coasts and Small Islands Ministry of Marine Fisheries, Dr. Ir. Toni Ruchimat, MS. According to him, commonly the world of fisheries and marine conservation use foreign reference books from foreign authors. "We greatly appreciate this book as the writings of people who rated more Indonesa who is known the condition of the nation itself," said Toni.
Toni added, he would recommend this book as a handbook of teaching and learning process on the new School of Conservation which only exist in Wakatobi, Sulawesi Tenggara. "With the good support of human resources and good infrastructure, then the management of conservation areas will be better," he said. Because the government of Indonesia through the two ministries (Ministry of Forestry and Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs) has launched a conservation area of 20 million hectares in 2020. In this 2011, said Toni, it has reached 13.9 million hectares of national marine conservation areas with about 1.2 million hectares. "Conservation is a strategy to sustainably manage fisheries in order to prosper the community," added Toni. This, according to him is very important because it is predicted in the next 10 years of Indonesia's marine production will decrease and if not repaired then the next 50 years we will not be able to achieve big fish.
The book entitled "Management of Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation Areas in Indonesia" Dewa Gede Raka Wiadnya’s writing is the result of cooperation between Conservation International with FPIK-UB. This book is a teaching material for the course of Conservation of Fisheries and Marine Resources in the 7th semester students which is taught as the core courses. Dozen of discussants who attended the occasion including Dr. Ir. Nyoman Suyasa, MS (the Head of Education, Human Resources Development Agency, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries), Ir. Agus Dermawan, M. Si (the Director of Small Islands Empowerment, Directorate General of Marine, Coasts and Small Islands Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries), Dr. Ir. Budy Wiryawan, MSc (the Head of PSP Department, FPIK-IPB), Ir. Paulus Boli, M. Sc (University of Papua), Dr. Handoko Adi Susanto, S. Pi, M. Sc (Coral Triangle Program Manager, Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia), as well as lecturers of FPIK-UB. Several critics which are given by the speaker related to this is that it has lack of update, the data related to this book is, less updated, the language is too high for S1, as well as the scope is too broad. With the high activity of Dewa Gede off campus, this book combines theory and field conditions. [nok]