Ternate, November 29, 2017 Today, Acting USAID Mission Director, Ryan Washburn accompanied by Head of Marine and Fisheries Agency, Buyung Radjilun, visited fish landing site in Galala village and met with fishermen and middlemen in Guraping village, North Maluku. The visit aims to learn about reef fisheries management and to strengthen USAID partnership with North Maluku Government and stakeholders through USAID Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (USAID SEA) Project implementation.
USAID SEA project is a five-year project, extends the partnership between US Government and Government of Indonesia through Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fishery (MMAF) in addressing marine management and sustainable fishery within the Indonesia’s Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 715 covering three focus provinces: Maluku, North Maluku, and West Papua.
North Maluku, ranked high in the priority for marine biodiversity conservation, also identified as one of the important areas for various fisheries stocks, only received little support for improved conservation and fisheries management in the past.
The capture fishery sector in North Maluku contributes for more than 99% of total fishery production of the province, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics of North Maluku in 2015. The main catch types of pelagic fish group are tuna and skipjack, while catches of demersal fish and reef fish are dominated by snapper, parrot fish, grouper, yellowtail snapper, island trevally, and emperors. The fishery activities in the province are dominated by small-scale fishermen using outboard engine and non-motorized boat as their operational means for fishing.
To address threats to marine biodiversity and resources because of overfishing and destructive fishing, USAID SEA focuses on applying better harvest strategy in its intervention. This includes: on fish landing data monitoring to support stock assessment, support the vessel registration, spot trace and logbook as instruments to harvest strategy.
Scoping survey of field observation conducted by the project’s main implementing partner in North Maluku, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has provided information on biophysics, fish stocks, socio-economic status of local communities, and the biophysical condition of North Maluku coastal and marine resources. Several innovative tools utilized to advance the data collection. Spot tracers were installed to record fishing ground locations in real time. The use of android based tablets for data entry as well as online database platforms has allowed data collection and result analysis to be readily available and accessible to stakeholders. These data serve as fundamental inputs for improving fisheries and coastal resources management including the harvest strategy at the FMA 715.
Mr. Washburn emphasizes the importance of the concerted efforts from stakeholders by his encouraging statement: “All of us need to work together to plan and contribute to the improved management of marine resources and fisheries. Ultimately, this will lead to the sustainability of the North Maluku’s valuable marine and fisheries resources so that benefits will be available for future generations”.
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