IPB University Student Team research wins youth innovation competition

IPB University students, winning thanks to coral reefs. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Bogor – IPB University students from the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences won 1st place as the Best Team in the 3rd Youth Innovation Competition organized by the Indonesian Crab Fisheries Association (APRI), last weekend. The team, consisting of Irsyal Ardiansah, Silki Anisa Hidayat, Dzikra Fauzia M, Dewi Mindo CBS, and M. Rizky Firdaus successfully presented the results of their research entitled “The Effect of Crab Fishery Activities on Mandangin Island”. 

“Thank God, we were able to conduct research on Mandangin Island and interact directly with fishermen while they were working. From this, we have new insights into the world of fisheries and marine affairs,” said Irsyad, as quoted by Ipb.ac.id, Tuesday (2/3/2021). 

Mandangin Island, which is known for its beautiful white sand and coral reefs, is located in Sampang, Madura. The research was conducted in November 2020 under the guidance of Beginer Subhan SPi, MSi. They focused on the health of coral reefs, considering that Mandangin Island is an island with high fishing activity.

“They managed to compete with two other teams that qualified for funding. The 3rd APRI Youth Innovation Competition was attended by three universities in Indonesia, namely, IPB University, Brawijaya University, and Trunojoyo University (Madura),” said Beginer. 

The coral reef is an important ecosystem for small crab fisheries, so it needs efforts to maintain its ecosystem. For this reason, an awareness program for fishermen about the importance of coral reefs for small crabs is also needed. He said that  the results of this research would be published in the form of a journal and book so that it would be useful for the sustainability of the small crab fishery in Indonesia. 

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Indonesian Crab Fisheries Association, who is also a lecturer at IPB University from the Department of Marine Science and Technology, Dr. Hawis Madduppa, said that the assessment of the submitted works was based on several criteria: the writing of reports, videos, posters, and presentations, as well as additional output by each participant. (est)