Bali Seaweed Cultivation is Still Drowned by the Incessant Tourism Business

Bali Seaweed Cultivation is Still Drowned by the Incessant Tourism Business. The number of tourists in Bali is expected to increase after the pandemic. Even though this is good news for the tourism sector, these seaweed farmers are worried. He cultivates various varieties of seaweed, which are widely used in food and cosmetic products. In the 1990s, divers began to arrive.

It seems that the growth of tourism is one of the factors that causes people to change their livelihoods one by one, from seaweed farmers to the tourism sector. Even young people who have just finished school are no longer interested in seaweed cultivation. The seaweed farming sector in Nusa Lembongan began to revive during the pandemic. However, the return of tourists means that old problems have also re-emerged, namely excessive dependence on the tourism sector, which accounts for 70% of Bali’s economy.

Experts say the government needs to attract young people to work in the agricultural sector. During the 2024 elections, the three presidential candidates emphasized development in the maritime sector, including utilizing more natural resources, especially seaweed farming. Unfortunately, Bali is still unable to reap more profits from seaweed management. That is why seaweed farmers are urging the government not to just export dried seaweed. Because it seems that the marine potential in the archipelago has not been exploited optimally, we will be able to survive even more, and can even return to the extraordinary glory of the Srivijaya and Majapahit Kingdoms at that time.

Why not Indonesia, where the sea is extraordinary, and the potential is also very good? With support from the next government, seaweed farmers hope to turn their business into a thriving industry, from production to processing and marketing.