Fish scale products in Boyolali, Central Java penetrate Japanese and Indian export markets. This food is a high added value product.
“Fish is a resource that can be fully utilized (zero waste). Not only can the meat be utilized, but the skin, bones, fins and all parts of the fish can be processed and utilized,” said Plt. Director General of Competitiveness Strengthening of Marine and Fishery Products (PDSPKP), Ishartini, yesterday.
He continued, with a certain process and treatment the scales are ready to be used as raw material for making collagen. Collagen has benefits, including preventing blood clots, healing wounds faster, maintaining the health of the body’s nervous system, and so on.
“With its high protein content, it is needed in large quantities for the food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and other industries,” added Ishartini. Given this opportunity, Ishartini invited domestic aquaculture industry players and MSMEs to be able to meet the needs of these scales.
“The final product produced has been able to penetrate the export market with the main destinations being Japan and India with the resulting turnover reaching Rp. 25-50 billion per year,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Commission IV DPR, Sudin expressed his appreciation for the downstreaming of fishery products in Boyolali Regency, Central Java. According to him, fish scales which are often considered as waste can be used as something that has high added value and can also be exported.
“This is something extraordinary. I spoke with the Director General from PDSPKP. If all fish scales from Indonesia are collected by each district, there will be a collector. It will be enough to meet the needs for raw materials,” said Sudin.
The Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, stated that the blue economy program was able to spur the growth of the downstream industry in the marine and fisheries sector in Indonesia.
Source : Warta Ekonomi