Our sustainable fisheries program is reducing mobulid ray bycatch within small-scale fisheries by improving community access to information, technologies and sustainable seafood markets.
Indonesia is the world’s second largest capture fishery producer. More than a quarter of Indonesia’s 260 million people live in coastal areas and depend on marine and coastal resources for their food and livelihoods. While small-scale fishermen represent the largest component of Indonesia’s fisheries, management and conservation efforts focus predominantly on larger scale fisheries.
We assist small-scale fishing communities to reduce mobulid ray interactions and bycatch. Our targeted education and awareness programs aim to increase the awareness of fishing families, students, businesses and government officers about mobulid ray conservation and sustainable fisheries. In partnership with fishers and technology providers we are developing, evaluating and piloting bycatch mitigation strategies and technologies. We collaborate with NGOs, governments and markets to create the incentives and drivers for sustainability.
At the 14th meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s Working Party on Ecosystems and Bycatch we submitted a review of fishery impacts on mobulid ray populations in the Indian Ocean which is driving improved conservation and management measures.
Muncar’s fishers have gone north, following the seasonal fish stocks. Our Sustainable Fisheries team visit Pandean to learn more about the seasonal dynamics of this fishery and fishers’ perceptions of our bycatch reduction technologies.
Despite facing significant threats, Indonesia’s mobula ray fisheries are largely unregulated. With widespread small-scale fisheries, bycatch is arguably a more significant threat than target fisheries. With appropriate knowledge and technologies, fishers have an important role to play protecting these species.
On February 8 our Sustainable Fisheries team took their education and outreach programme to SMKN 1 Glagah in Banyuwangi. Eighty-four fishery high school students increased their knowledge about mobulid ray conservation, bycatch mitigation, and sustainable fisheries and seafood markets.
Mobula rays are commonly consumed by the people of East Java as sate iwak pe. The reasons why are surprising, and create a potential barrier to sustainable fisheries.
Ghost fishing causes ecological impacts, affects fishing communities and inhibits adoption of sustainable fishing technologies. But how could Indonesia tackle this issue?
Meet the Team
Willy is MantaWatch’s Sustainable Fisheries Assistant, and an alumnus of MIP-2017.
Vidlia earned her B.Sc. Marine Science from Padjadjaran University. After successfully completing MIP-2013 she participated in MIP-2015 and MIP-2016 as a trainer and mentor. Vidlia received a Conservation Leadership Programme Future Conservationist Award to investigate Indonesia’s mobula ray fisheries, during which she had the opportunity to participate in conservation leadership and communication training at the […]
Amelia successfully completed MIP-2016, and is currently completing her B.Sc. Biology at the University of Diponogoro.
Niomi earned her B.Sc. Marine Science from the University of Padjadjaran. After successfully completing MIP-2014, she joined MantaWatch as the Education and Research Coordinator, and participated in MIP-2015 and MIP-2016 as a trainer and mentor. She has worked as a communication intern for the International Pole and Line Foundation, where she helped to communicate and […]
Retno is MantaWatch’s Sustainable Fisheries Assistant and an alumnus of MIP-2016.