Indonesia, (particularly North Maluku) is the center of the world marine biodiversity with 76% of global coral species, 37% of global coral fish species within national boundaries. Sixty nine percent of North Maluku’s total area (145,819.1km²) is composed of territorial waters with 3, 104 km coastline. As an island province, North Maluku fisheries potential is large with standing stock amounted to 1,035,230 tons/year and the maximum sustainable yield of 51, 000 tons/year in 2011.
The project activities in North Maluku aim to address overfishing and destructive fishing through assessment of fish stock status, identification of data gaps, evaluation of logbook vessel registration and monitoring systems, and the establish of a traceability system. The project also works to strengthen data collection methodology, management, and dissemination systems, as well as develop baseline for marine resources status.