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WIDI International Fishing Tournament

WIDI is an island in Gane Luar village, South Halmahera Regency, North Maluku. The island that consists of 99 islets, three atolls and two islands have its own natural beauty and uniqueness. The white sand spreading on the shore combining with its clear blue water, colorful coral reef and its underwater biotas makes it perfect to visit. From many islets on WIDI island, there’s only one that is inhabited namely Daga island. The residents of this island live from the ocean because this area is a fish barn, especially yellow fin tuna and dogtooth tuna. As a barn fish, no wonder WIDI island is set as the International fishing tournament. WIDI island is also trusted as the host because it is also the marine wonder of South Halmahera regency, North Maluku Province.  

WIDI International Fishing Tournament -WIFT 2017 is the biggest international fishing tournament in Indonesia and part of the government policy in optimizing marine and fishery resources in Indonesia as the world maritime axis. This event was participated by 300 professional fishermen consisting of 60 percent foreign ones and 40 percent from Indonesia. The fishermen from abroad are from Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Australia, USA and Spain. Meanwhile Indonesian fishermen come from several part of Indonesia. The committee has prepared 50 Inka Mina boats for accommodation of the event. This event is also supported by South Halmahera regency people.

Carrying the theme “North Moluccas A World Fishing Destination” this event will be held in WIDI island, South Halmahera regency on October 25thto 29th 2017. According to the Tourism Secretary Ministry, Ukus Koswara, this event will indirectly increase regional economy. This event also sets positive target in national fishing industry based on regional economy through the coastal people’s empowerment program. According to plan, the event will be open by Indonesian President, Joko Widodo and closed by North Maluku Governor, Abdul Gani Kasuba. The winner will have President Joko Widodo Trophy.

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