Chairman of Indonesia Organizing Committee for
21st International Seaweed Symposium
Dear colleagues and guests;
On behalf of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) comprised of leading scientists and business people from private, stakeholders, academic and public sector organizations engaged in Indonesian seaweed science and utilization, I would like to thank the International Seaweed Association (ISA) for selecting Indonesia to hold the 21st International Seaweed Symposium (ISS).
After waiting for almost 20 years, finally the 21st ISS will take place April 21-26, 2013, at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) in Bali, Indonesia. The NOC appreciates the great effort and hard work of scientists, business people, stakeholders, academic and public sector organizations and government. It is an honor for us to have this Symposium hosted in Indonesia.
The National Organizing Committee is making every effort to ensure that your participation is scientifically rewarding and that pleasant memories will remain with you for a long time.
We cordially invite you to the 21st ISS, so you can participate in all aspects of seaweed research and utilization that will be discussed and displayed.
We look forward to welcoming you to Nusa Dua, Bali, in April 2013.
the President of the International Seaweed Association
You are most cordially invited to the 21st International Seaweed Symposium which will be held in Bali, Indonesia, from April 21 until April 26, 2013.
The International Seaweed Symposium (ISS) is held every three years under the auspices of the International Seaweed Association (ISA). For more than six decades the ISS has been the foremost international symposium for individuals and organizations involved with seaweed research and utilization.
The 21st ISS has the theme “Seaweed Science for Sustainable Prosperity”. This theme recognizes the fact that scientific research plays a fundamental role in the development of seaweed harvesting, cultivation, processing and utilization. The ISS provides a forum for scientists, technologists, business people and resource managers to present their latest research results, exchange ideas and develop synergies.
The 21st ISS in Bali is being held in the heart of the Coral Triangle where seaweed farming employs tens of thousands of coastal people. There is a clear and present need for expanded scientific research and development to enable economically and environmentally sustainable seaweed industry development not only in the Coral Triangle but also in other coastal regions throughout the world. It is a goal of the 21st International Seaweed Symposium to catalyze support for such scientific activities.
All people interested in seaweeds can profit from visiting Indonesia in general and Bali in particular. We hope that you will accept our invitation so we can meet you next April 21-26.
Iain C. Neish
Sharif C. Sutardjo
Message from the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
In Preparation of
21st International Seaweed Symposium.
On this very happy occasion, I would like to thank the International Seaweed Association (ISA), which has agreed the implementation of 21st International Seaweed Symposium in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on 21 to 26 April 2013 with the theme ‘Seaweed Science for Sustainable Prosperity’.
Indonesia has a strategic geographic location at the heart of Coral Triangle Zone. Indonesian waters as the tropical region has a seaweed germplasm resource of no less than 555 types such as types of Gracilaria, Gelidium, Eucheuma, Hypnea, Sargassum, and Turbinaria. The potential for aquaculture in Indonesia is very high, including areas for seaweed cultivation which is estimated at 1,110,900 hectars, so the opportunity to developing seaweed production and industry is enormous. Determination of Indonesia as the host of the 21st International Seaweed Symposium, is the right choice, not only because of endowed with an abundance of seaweed products, Indonesia also have seaweed farmers, researchers, academics and agencies related.
Indonesia government has supporting to development of the seaweed industry through the policies to increase the production of seaweed cultivation, up to 10 million tons in 2014, in a policy framework called seaweed industrialization. Industrialization seaweed is an integrated activity between the management of cultivation, seed availability, socio-economic, post harvest management, capital to marketing, which is organized in an integrated manner based industries to increase value added, efficiency and competitive production scale so that the implementation involves many people, both government and private. The purpose of policy is not only to increase foreign exchange, but also to provide jobs and prosperity for seaweed farmers and to promote the seaweed cultivation enterprises for micro, small, and medium scale.
It is an honor for us to have this symposium hosted in Indonesia. I very appreciate and hope that all participant of this symposium are able to sharing the information, ideas, suggestion, and feedback about seaweed, that will be very useful for the advancement of sustainable seaweed industry in the future.
Finally, I would like to say welcome to Bali-Indonesia for the symposium participant from different countries, please enjoy the beauty and flavor of the culture in Bali-Indonesia. And for the national organizing committee, I congratulate you to work and good luck.
Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Republic of Indonesia
Sharif C. Sutardjo
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