Papua Province’s Biak Numfor District, an archipelago with several islands, offers fisheries and marine tourism opportunities. Due to its strategic position and the fact that Biak Island is close to several Pacific island nations, the district has the potential to develop into a significant culture maritime in West Papua.
Biak Numfor As Culture Maritime in West Papua
Several physical, political, sociocultural, legal, and economic issues must be ready to establish the area as an international marine hub.
The various efforts to develop the maritime hub also include enhancing the sovereignty of Indonesia’s marine territory. It includes reviving the marine economic sector, bolstering and developing maritime connectivity, repairing environmental damage, maintaining biodiversity conservation, and increasing the quality and quantity of culture maritime in West Papua human resources.
Rebuilding Maritime Culture in West Papua
Until this, President Joko Widodo has emphasized the need to restore Indonesia’s marine culture as one of the country’s five primary foundations for becoming an international maritime center.
The second pillar focuses on protecting and managing marine resources to foster seafood sovereignty through growing the fishing sector. The third pillar of the strategy is to promote the growth of maritime connections and infrastructure through building ports, sea tolls, marine tourism, and the logistics and shipping sectors.
The fourth and fifth pillars are developing a marine defense force and engaging in maritime diplomacy to urge all parties to cooperate in the maritime domain. The district of Biak Numfor has significant tourist and fishing potential. According to KSP’s head Moeldoko, thus it must be handled effectively to increase local welfare.
Managing the strategic marine and air potentials due to their various renewable energy sources is essential to developing the maritime hub. As a result, the central government is aware of the Biak Numfor District’s 25-year development plans to become a strong culture maritime in West Papua center.
Marine Tourism Potential
Herry Ario Naap, the district chief for Biak Numfor, emphasized that the government is putting the area in place as one of the Pacific region’s marine tourism destinations focused on economic growth.
The district’s waters are part of WPPNRI 717, the Republic of Indonesia’s Fisheries Development Area. The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry website states that the WPPNRI has a yearly fisheries potential of 1,054.7 tons.
Therefore, the district chief said, the enormous potential has to be supported by proper facilities and infrastructure. Thus, the government intends to enhance Frans Kaisiepo Airport and Biak Port to become the export center for the district’s fishing goods.
The Papua Province’s northern Biak Numfor District, according to Naap, “has significant marine and fishing potentials, including bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna, and skipjack tuna.”
According to Naap, one area they must optimize to assist the government’s National Fish Barn (LIN) Program is the WPPNRI 717.
The official stated, “We are working with other ministries and institutions, like the Transportation Ministry, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, Customs and Excise Office, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia, and PT Angkasa Pura, to prepare Biak Numfor District as a fisheries export hub.
Sail Cenderawasih Bay
The administration of the Biak Numfor District intends to implement a culture maritime in West Papua, a tourism event with the name “2023 Sail Cenderawasih Bay,” according to an expert staff of the National Development Planning (PPN) Minister/Head of the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) for Leading Sector and Infrastructure Development, Velix Vernando Wanggai.
According to Wanggai, the event’s purpose is to empower the local Cenderawasih Bay community while advancing economic and infrastructure development.
The bay is in the provinces’ northernmost region. In the harbor lie the islands of Biak, Numfor, Mios Num, and Yapen. Meanwhile, several areas of mainland Papua are said to be reminiscent of the Caribbean islands surrounding the bay.
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