16 researchers from 12 countries, ie. Norway, Indonesia, Madagascar, Spain, the Netherlands, Kenya, South Africa, France, India, Tanzania and the Seychelles, will sail on Norwegian Research Vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen, operated by FAO. The vessel will start sailing on Friday 26 June from Jakarta and will end in Mauritius on 16 July 2015.
“We will survey the ecology profile, gyre, plankton production, mesopelagic fishes, and take the sample of the debris. From the debris, we will study the plastic waste particle”, said the Demonstration Survey Team Leader Reidar Toresen, on Thursday 25 June during the reception and guided tour of RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen.
The Coordinating Minister of Maritime Indroyono Soesilo, FAO Representative for Indonesia Mark Smulders and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Norwegian Embassy Hilde Solbakken attended this event.
The starting of this expedition from the Indonesian waters, according to Indroyono is the form of the state commitment in the world food security. “We believe the result of the research can be used globally and will a benefit for this country”.
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Norwegian Embassy Hilde Solbakken said that the Nansen Programme was an example on how joint research can give shared knowledge to the benefit of everyone, and helps us use the oceans in a sustainable way that would continue to provide food and livelihoods for generations to come.
The research team is targeting for the detail data in connection with the waste concentration, especially there are not so many researches done in the Indian Ocean. They will conduct research on how the Indian Ocean Gyre affects the ecosystem and fisheries.
Mark Smulders said that the ocean waste and micro-plastic were a threat for the organisms in the ocean. About 600-800 millions of people directly or indirectly depending on the fishes for their daily living. Fish also a main source for protein and nutrition. That is why the research of R/V Fridtjof Nansen will give big benefit to the food security. The focus will be on 33 locations in Indian Ocean, the route will be about 3,400 nautical miles.
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