1. Survey Finds South Sorong MPA in ‘Good State’
Results from a recent biophysical and socioeconomic survey indicate generally good ecological status at the South Sorong Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua. Conducted on 7-16 November with facilitation from USAID SEA and implementing partner World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Indonesia, the survey was primarily intended to provide the information required by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries for the designation of the South Sorong MPA. The MPA is now in the final phase of the designation process, with its Management and Zoning Plan (RPZ) going through the RPZ Working Group (Pokja) for finalizing based on recommendations from the last round of stakeholder review.
This process requires the latest biophysical and socioeconomic data from the MPA, including the implementation status of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) currently being undertaken around the area. Last November’s biophysical survey used point sampling in 14 observation stations around the MPA to measure mangrove density, species density, species distribution, and species composition in 20-by-20-meter quadrats, and associated biotas in 2-by-2-meter quadrats.
The data collected showed the mangroves in the MPA to be in qualitatively good condition overall, with no significant changes from the previous survey. The socioeconomic survey was done in parallel with the biophysical survey, covering 74 households in 11 coastal villages inside the South Sorong MPA. All data and information collected on site will be analyzed further and can be used as reference to monitor changes and assess the effectiveness of MPA management over time.