Badung, 12 October 2023 – The 2023 HLM of the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum, in partnership with James Cook University (JCU) Singapore and Sam Ratulangi University (Unsrat) Manado, developed a technology that would benefit small-scale fishers and sustainable fish supply management. This initiative stemmed from the problems faced by small-scale fishers in managing their captures.
For this reason, the AIS Forum invited several universities and research institutions to collaborate in developing innovative solutions to address these problems.
Indonesia is one of the largest fish producers in the world. In 2023, the government targets the fisheries sector to produce 8.73 million tons of fish. The huge potential of the fisheries sector made it challenging for researchers to collect and use data effectively.
However, the main focus of researchers is to maintain a stable fish supply and make fish the main source of food for the people of Indonesia and AIS participating countries.
Two fisheries experts, Neil Hutchinson (JCU) and Gustaf Mamangkey (Unsrat), collaborated to develop sustainable fish utilization and management practices in Indonesia. They then collaborated with Fishcoin to develop sustainable fisheries practices in Indonesia by utilizing cellular technology.
The fishers will receive incentives in the form of cellular credit whenever they release their juvenile catch fish. This way, researchers will gain data on the fishermen, such as their names, how often they fish, and the type of fish they catch.
Once released, juvenile fish will have another chance to grow and reproduce, thus stabilizing the population. As a result, the fish economy of the community will be sustained because mature fish will have a higher selling value. This technique is also known as 'mark, release, and recapture'.
In addition, the technique helped researchers to collect important data that can be useful in the development of fisheries in the region as well as to determine the number of existing fish populations. With this information, a more productive and economical fishery model can be designed.
This project also reflects the great potential of the AIS countries in developing the blue economy and empowering local communities.
About AIS Forum:
The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum is a global platform for cooperation among island and archipelagic states that aims at strengthening collaboration to address global issues with four main areas of focus: climate change mitigation and adaptation, the blue economy, marine plastic debris, and good maritime governance. The 2023 High-Level Meeting of the AIS Forum is organized to reinforce the role of the AIS Forum as a center for smart & innovative solutions and a platform for collaboration in promoting the future agenda of global maritime governance.
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Foto caption: Fishers catch fish using the beach drag net on Santen Island, Banyuwangi, East Java, Monday, 2 October 2023. The beach drag net is one of the 10 groups of fishing gear (API) allowed to be used by Indonesian fishers based on the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Regulation which aims to protect small fishers and ensure environmental sustainability. ANTARA FOTO/Budi Candra Setya/rwa.