On Monday, June 24, 2024, the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences of Universitas Brawijaya (FFMS UB) welcomed a visit from the Fisheries and Marine Affairs Office (Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan) of Nagekeo Regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. The delegation, led by the Head of the DKP of Nagekeo, Oliva Monika Mogi, S.P., was accompanied by the Head of Aquaculture Fisheries, Modesta Ea, S.Pi.; Aquaculture Analyst, Benedikta Tanggel, S.Pi.; and three young freshwater fish farming entrepreneurs: Paternus Ebu, Petrus W. Ngoe Djo, and Salestinus B.Y. Sekke Liu Wea.

The event commenced with a welcome address from the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of FFMS UB, Prof. Dr. Sc. Asep Awaludin Prihanto, S.Pi., M.P. In his address, Prof. Asep expressed his hope that the visit would result in mutually beneficial collaboration and bring advantages to both institutions. He also invited the delegation to explore the facilities of FFMS UB. In addition to providing training, FFMS UB also offers participation in human resource capacity development through the Master’s program, either via the regular track or RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning), which allows for the recognition of work experience as a substitute for certain courses.

In her address, the Head of the DKP of Nagekeo, Oliva Monika Mogi, S.P., explained that the purpose of this visit was to obtain knowledge transfer related to the development prospects of the fisheries sector in Nagekeo Regency, especially in aquaculture. She expressed her gratitude for this valuable opportunity and hoped that the entrepreneurs in attendance would learn about the technology and innovations developed by FFMS UB, which could be adopted to enhance their skills in facing technological advancements.

Nagekeo Regency has relatively small potential for freshwater fish farming; therefore, it is crucial to involve academic experts from FFMS UB in efforts to expand and enhance the potential of the fisheries sector in the region. This visit is expected to open up further collaboration opportunities for the development of the fisheries sector in Nagekeo. [ALF]

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