Director of Heritage Preservation & Museum Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Youth & Sports Surya Helmi said, about 500,000 are in a shipwreck marine waters of Indonesia.
Therefore, Helmi asked fishermen not to carelessly take objects from the sea without first reporting it to the government.
Helmi said Indonesia is rich in underwater cultural heritage that must be protected. "According to the Law (UU) No. 11 of 2010 on Heritage, the government will provide extreme penalties for anyone who committed a criminal act insipid removal or destruction of Indonesian culture," said Helmi.
Violation of the law would be punishable by confinement of years as well as a maximum fine of Rp one billion.
In line with Surya, the Secretary of the Board of Marine Indonesia Dedy H Sutisna mention the economic potential of valuable cargo vessel that sank origin (BMKT) worth one.1 billion U.S. dollars. "It is estimated there's 700 to 800 points BMKT potential, but only 463 points are identified," said Dedy.
"For example, the Pacific Islands, there's valuable shipwreck, but regrettably archaeological objects have been looted, the ship of the Tang Dynasty & the vessel Tek Sing," said Akifumi.
Meanwhile, a Japanese researcher, Professor Akifumi Iwabuchi, said Indonesia has the potential to create cultural park under water because there's plenty of valuable archaeological objects in the ocean.
Akifumi explained, with the right expertise & further research, underwater cultural park can be developed in Indonesia.