ITS Shares Fish Cages and RI Anniversary Ceremony in the Middle of the Sea–In an effort to become a leading maritime campus in Indonesia, the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya launched an offshore technology innovation.

Through Ocean Farm ITS (OFITS), floating net cage technology (KJA) was introduced offshore in the waters of Sendang Biru, Malang Regency, Wednesday (17/8).

The installation coincided with the 77th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia (RI). The inauguration began with a red and white flag raising ceremony and continued with singing the national anthem Indonesia Raya on the southern coast of Indonesia.

A slightly different ceremony in general also welcomes the 62nd ITS Anniversary with the theme Innovation for Indonesia.

The Head of the OFITS Research Team, Yeyes Mulyadi said, the launch of OFITS has been carried out since 2020 in the form of a soft launch of design and fabrication at the Coastal Fishery Port (PPP) Pondokdadap, Malang, owned by the Department of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of East Java Province. The OFITS team finished by adding residential buildings, installing solar panels, and managing the water system.

Yeyes explained, the innovation of offshore marine cages for fishermen was carried out because so far they could only catch fish for six months a year. Because traditional fishermen only have small boats, they cannot find fish in the middle of the sea.

“Especially the bad weather and the erratic fishing season,” explains Yeyes.

In accordance with the ITS tagline, namely Advancing Humanity, Yeyes said, the innovation will not only function as a medium for fish cultivation and help local fishermen, but will also be earmarked for marine tourism activities.

Regarding marine tourism plans, the Head of Sub-Directorate for Student Development of the ITS Directorate of Student Affairs (Ditmawa) explained, the ITS Ocean Farm Team will provide tour packages. Visitors can enjoy the south coast atmosphere based on their preferences with seven identified tour packages.

“The seven tour packages include swimming, coffee, lunch, lodging at OFITS, fishing boat rides, camping in Virgin Beach, as well as introduction to offshore technology, and fish farming in cages,” said Yeyes.< /p> p>

Yeyes and the team believe that this project will have a positive impact, not only for ITS but also for the surrounding community. With the concept of cultivation and tourism, it is targeted to involve the community around Sidoarsi, Malang.

“I believe, in the future we have the confidence to develop these things,” Yeyes said optimistically.