“Sustainable Development of Marine Resources“
Maluku is an archipelago province that comprises 92.4% (658.294.69 Km2) of ocean and only 7,6% (54.185 Km2) of land. The unique geographical position of Maluku gives some oceanography advantage that reflected in the richness of marine natural resources, especially in fisheries. The potential of fisheries in Maluku is estimated 1.6 ton/year. Moreover, located at the center of world coral reef triangle automatically put Maluku in the center of “mega biodiversity”. The vast area of mangrove and ocean surface with optimum oceanography condition for phytoplankton growth also provide enormous potential for Carbon Dioxide absorption.
The 1340 islands in Maluku that their shoreline represents 13% of Indonesian shoreline, harbor main marine ecosystems such as coral reef, mangrove, and sea grass that significantly support the sustainability of fisheries in Maluku. Coral reefs in Maluku cover an area of 1.323,44 Km2 and estimated to have economic value that reach billions of dollars per year, with services including storm protection, tourism, pharmaceutical and an important source of food. However, so far only several commodities such as fish, seaweed and sea cucumber have been furiously exploited, that leads to overfishing, whereas other invertebrates such as sponges and soft corals that have great potential for pharmaceuticals have been left untouched.
Tidal force, current, wind and microalgae are also unexplored despite the fact that they possess great potential as renewable energy sources. Maluku also surrounded by deep sea like Banda Sea that reach 7,500 meters at it deepest spots. This opens enormous opportunities for deep sea research that cannot be offered by other Provinces in Indonesia. Furthermore, there are many minerals and more than 25 blocks of oil and gas reserves that has been discovered in Maluku.
“The 1st Maluku International Conference on Marine Science and Technology” will enable researchers from all over the world to meet in Ambon, present their scientific works, and exchange knowledge under the theme “Sustainable Development of Marine Resources”.
- Knowledge sharing between international researchers and experts on development of sustainable marine resources that can be implemented in Maluku
- Promotion of Maluku natural resources including marine resources, culture, and tourism.
- Connectivity building among stake holders at local, national and international level.
In line with the theme “Sustainable development of marine resources”, the topics in this conferences are directed to answer problems faced by coastal community. Therefore, topics chosen in this conference including:
- Marine Science
This topic will cover marine biology, marine ecology, and oceanography
- Marine Technology
This topics will cover naval architecture, marine engineering, navigation, underwater technology and engineering, shipping and maritime health
- Fisheries and Marine Tourism
This topic will cover marine culture, capture fisheries, and marine tourism
Prof. dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, PhD., M.Sc.
International Scientific Board
(McMaster University, Ontario, Canada)
(Southern Cross University, Australia)
(University of Geneva, Switzerland)
(Aarhus University, Denmark)
(Hans Knoell Institute & Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany)
(National Marine Science Centre, Southern Cross University, Australia)
Indonesian Scientific Board
Prof. Dr. Ir. A. S. W. Retraubun, M.Sc.
Prof. Dr. Ir. A. S. Khouw, M.Phil.
Dr. Ir. W. R. Hetharia, M.App.Sc., MRINA
Dr. dr. Bertha Jean Que, Sp.S., M.Kes.
Prof. Dr. Ir. Jamaluddin Jompa, M.Sc.