ITROSCO, SEMARANG – Seventh day of ITroSCo (26/8), the 3-agendas-day was led by Erena, one of the buddies, and the first session, we got to know about Bandeng Juwana by Mr. Sandy Purwo with the topic ‘Introduction to Semarang Indigenous Fish Products.’ This session was also moderated by Mr. Eko Susanto, S.Pi., M.Sc., Ph.D.
In order to promote the local food delicacies of Central Java, particularly with the abundance of an indigenous fish commonly known as “ikan bandeng”, we at PT Bandeng Juwana Elrina have been involved with this mission alongside local government and academia since 1981. The existence of ikan Bandeng, otherwise known as “Chanos-chanos” or “Milk-fish” have been synonymous with the beginnings of this town of Semarang, which back then it was called “Samarang” during the colonial Dutch days in the 1700s. Despite the popularity of this fish in the local community for their daily dietary needs, back then it was quite a rather difficult feat to consume as the existence of finely “y” shaped bones in this fish makes it rather difficult to digest. The steaming and frying of this fish were common methods of cooking, but the origins of a rather simple yet effective method to consume this fish was to cook it for a prolonged period of time (overnight for some), which was initially performed by traditional food markets which can still be found in some parts of Semarang.
We will introduce briefly the current technological methods that we use to help promote both the consumption of this healthy fish, along with various ways that we have and aim to develop in order to continue to promote a healthy and stable diet for the community while working closely with academia and local government in order to help create a sustainable eco-development for Central Java and Indonesia as a whole. Mr. Sandy also provided the participants and also the committees with an interactive video, showing him how the milkfish product is truly produced.
The next agenda was led by Dr. Mada Triandala, S.Pi., M.Si. In this session, he talked about various scholarships that were provided by Diponegoro University itself. Bringing the topic title ‘Come and Join Us in Diponegoro University, Dr. Mada explained about these various scholarships. The scholarship lists are:
- Darmasiswa Program Scholarship
- Developing Countries Partnership Scholarship
- Diponegoro Scholarship
Besides talking about the scholarships, Dr. Mada also introduced Diponegoro University in general, knowing the campus itself has 11 faculties and 2 schools. The International Office of UNDIP and FPIK were also introduced, alongside the lecturers.
The last agenda of the day is a lecture by the representative of AIS, Mr. Rufino Jiare Robert Varea. Bringing an insightful lecture about Fisheries and Marine Conservative in Local Wisdom Under The Context of Pacific Island. This session was also moderated by Dr. Anindita Sabdaningsih, S.Si., M.Si. Mr. Rufino explains that Traditional knowledge frequently embodies long-term social-ecological knowledge and can be invaluable to informing, interpreting, and improving long-range projections and future scenarios, as well as a better understanding of uncertainty. He also says traditional knowledge includes approaches on how to share information and adaptive practices to manage transitions, including practices such as storytelling. Traditional knowledge for a sustainable future by providing indications of important local values. Mr. Rufino shares how to protect traditional knowledge, where he explained the structure of Integrated Local Environment Knowledge (ILEK). In the ILEK structures, we could see that every knowledge is related to each other. ILEK is a blend of diverse types of knowledge utilized by stakeholders for adaptive social transformation. Mr. Rufino also shares the influence of knowledge previously given. From the knowledge that has been given, locals can make some of the products, they also improve skills, ideas, or even innovation, improving individual action. Locals generated new perceptions, sustainable local areas, projects, then they realized about new material, they tried new local material. The transformation of knowledge proven to transform their perception, local environmental knowledge, structural quality, and creating new information can be used to make new area management plans. After sharing his interesting lecture about what AIS does, Mrs. Anindita opens a question and answer session with the following question that has been given by the participant in the chatbox.
Right after Mrs. Anin closed the third session, Mrs. Anin headed up to tell and explain more about the ITroSCo Assignment. Mrs. Anin reminds the participants about the individual assignment from every speaker who gave the task like Dr. Frida on session 1, Dr. Fronthea on session 4, and Prof. Tri on session 5. Then Mrs. Anin explains about Individual Final Presentation, where the participant has to make a presentation about Talent description and summary of lectures from the first session till the last session with a maximum of one slide every session. The participants will be presenting their Individual Final Presentation on Monday, August 30th. Also, Mrs. Anin shares about the Final Presentation where all the participants have to discuss the topic and make a video together. The topic is ‘how to manage marine resources sustainability in your country?’ The ideas may come from literature or based on experience in the field. The video compilation has to contain all of the participant’s idea clips with a maximum duration of 10 minutes, and each group has to make a presentation on Tuesday, August 31st which each group has to present in 15 minutes excluding the questions and answer session from the judges. Mrs. Anin closes today’s event after she answers all the participants’ questions about all of the assignments. (Committee of ITroSCo 2021)