29 Mar Building Sustainable Fisheries Management Capacity in East Indonesia
CTC, in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society, conducted a three-day training on ecosystems approach to fisheries management (EAFM) from March 27-29, 2018 in Mataram. Participants consisted of representatives from Forum Ilmiah Pengelolaan Perikanan Berkelanjutan (FIP2B), government, and non-government organizations.
EAFM is a fisheries management concept that considers three critical components i.e. ecological well-being, human well-being and good governance in fisheries management. It shifts away from single-species fisheries approach towards an approach that seeks to balance environmental and socioeconomic concerns through improved fisheries governance. EAFM also addresses non-target species, endangered species, minimizing waste and pollution, biodiversity, and welfare of coastal states involved, including the interests of artisanal or small-scale fisheries and subsistence fishers.
During the training, the participants learned multiple topics about EAFM as well as how to plan and implement EAFM in their fisheries management area (FMA) – specifically FMA 573 covering South of Java to East Nusa Tenggara, Savu Sea and western part of Timor sea and FMA 713 covering the waters of Makassar Strait, Flores Seas, Bone Bay and Bali seas. The training was highly participatory where participants worked in pairs, groups and individually on particular part like quiz. Further, presentation and discussion methods were also used. Pre and post assessment, as well as a quiz enabled the trainers to assess progress of the participants.
Participants enjoyed the activities and wanted to know more on how EAFM is implemented under Indonesian law. Most of participants found this training interesting especially in group work and discussion. They suggested to have longer training session in the future. They also interested to join other training topics such as sustainable fisheries management, integrated coastal management and marine protected area design.
Top left photo by Robert Delfs, training photos by Agustin Capriati/CTC