1. Roadmap Planning Underway for Managing Maluku’s Reef Fisheries
USAID SEA held back-to-back activities in June towards the development of a roadmap for managing reef fisheries in Maluku, Indonesia. The first activity was a mini symposium conducted on 25 June, and the second was a focus group discussion (FGD) held the following day (26 June), both of them organized with the participation of the provincial marine affairs and fisheries office, DKP. Attended by 53 people from institutions related to fisheries management, the symposium aimed to collect scientific data on Maluku’s high-value reef fish stocks and fisheries resulting from research by scientists from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Pattimura University, and the MMAF’s scientific agency (BRSDMKP), as well as information on national and provincial government policies on fisheries management. To achieve this objective, participants provided updated data and information on the status of the reef fish stocks, and discussed and shared research results on the hydro-oceanographic characteristics of the waters around Maluku, composition and biology of reef fish species, fisheries biology and stock assessment, reef fish catching methods, and catch composition. Following this, the FGD shifted to developing a roadmap for planning and implementing reef fisheries management.
USAID SEA is supporting the Maluku provincial government through the process of developing the management plan, which includes scoping the coverage of the plan, geographic area and related stakeholders; compiling and analyzing background information related to the environment and the social and economic contributions of the target fishery; setting broad objectives; identifying issues and challenges; developing operational objectives; selecting indicators, performance measures and reference points for each operational objective; and formulating management actions and measures. In keeping with this process, USAID SEA will next facilitate the USAID SEA Fisheries and MPA Teams and researchers from LIPI and the marine fisheries research center BRPL to undertake an assessment of Maluku’s reef fish stocks and conduct a stakeholder consultative workshop to set operational objectives for managing those stocks.