A giant stingray looming large behind Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti while she is speaking during the inauguration of the Jakarta Aquarium at Neo Soho Mall in West Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Minister Susi Inaugurates Jakarta Aquarium

OCTOBER 17, 2018

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti inaugurated the Jakarta Aquarium at Neo Soho Mall in West Jakarta on Tuesday.

The aquarium, the first in Indonesia located inside a shopping mall, is a marine conservation and edutainment center, and has become a popular tourism destination in the capital since opening its doors last year.

Minister Susi said the aquarium seeks to create awareness, especially among young people, of conservation, especially the need to reduce plastic pollution.

According to a 2015 report in the journal Science, Indonesia is the world's second-largest plastic polluter after China, producing around 3.2 million metric tons of mismanaged waste per year, with up to 1.29 million tons of that ending up in the oceans.

To welcome the fifth Our Ocean Conference in Bali on Oct. 29-30, the aquarium also organized an educational program to encourage Indonesians to reduce the use of plastic bags in households.

Children watching an angel shark through a glass floor at the Jakarta Aquarium. Angel sharks occur worldwide in temperate and tropical seas. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Elementary school students observing jelly fish during an excursion. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Children learning about the effect plastic pollution has on the world's oceans. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Visitors admiring a giant stingray through reflective glass at the Jakarta Aquarium on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Students interacting with fish in a 'touch pool.' The Jakarta Aquarium encourages visitors to engage with the animals to familiarize themselves with ocean dwellers while raising awareness of the need for conservation. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The Jakarta Aquarium tries to create ecosystems that match the marine animals' original habitats as closely as possible. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Humboldt penguins, which are native to the coastal areas of Chile and Peru, seen in their habitat near the restaurant at the Jakarta Aquarium. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)