Location: Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, and Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia
Collaborators: Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia), Udayana University (Indonesia), Universitas Mataram (Indonesia), University of Papua (Indonesia), World Wildlife Fund, Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Goal: Conduct monitoring on fish catch and reef fish assemblages and build simulation models on ecological and social effects of gear-based management.
Significance: These results will inform management decisions intended to move towards ecosystem approaches that consider multiple ecosystem components including socioeconomic and ecological trade-offs.
Background: Although no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) have been widely adopted as a leading ecosystem-based fisheries management tool for coral reefs, there can be negative impacts on surrounding fisheries, cultural traditions, and social cohesion. Other management strategies such as gear-based restrictions may be effective compliments to MPAs that can be tailored to the local social and ecological context. To properly manage a multi-gear and multi-species coral reef fishery with gear restrictions, however, there must be an understanding of the impacts of different gears and what they mean for reef fish populations and people.
Funding: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), National Science Foundation (NSF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)