1. USAID SEA Pilot Tests Logbook-based Small-scale Fisheries Management in North Maluku
USAID SEA last month joined the North Maluku Provincial Marine and Fisheries Office in a workshop to initiate the pilot testing of a small-scale fisheries management model based on catch monitoring through logbook data collection. Held on 4-5 December 2019, the workshop included a focus group discussion with local government stakeholders in Ternate on Day 1 and a field activity in Tidore Island on Day 2. The focus group discussion identified the roles and responsibilities of local government agencies at each stage of the management system, including as logbook data collectors, verifiers, validators and managers. The field activity, on the other hand, focused on training fishers to fill out a logbook developed by Indonesia’s Marine Research Agency (BRPL) specifically for small-scale fisheries in Indonesia, and to acquaint the fishers with the importance of logbook reporting to support the sustainability of their fisheries and livelihoods.
USAID SEA has been working with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to develop a catch monitoring system based on logbook data from Indonesia’s still largely unregulated small-scale fisheries. This is part of the Project’s effort to strengthen fisheries management in Indonesia through improved catch monitoring to support the development, monitoring and evaluation of fisheries management strategies as mandated in Fishery Law No. 31/2004. Last December’s logbook simulation training was intended to ensure that small-scale fishers know how to use, and can easily understand, the logbook form that BRPL has developed. While primarily designed to test a model of fishing logbook management for small-scale fisheries, the activity is also seen to ultimately contribute to strengthening the overall management of small-scale fisheries that are still often overlooked by the government.