Location: Pulau Bontosua, Indonesia
Collaborators: Mars Symbioscience, Hasanuddin University (Indonesia), and University of California at Davis
Goal: Determine the impact of coral reef restoration on adjacent small-scale fisheries and socioecological processes.
Significance: Research outputs from this work will contribute to the growing interest in the social and ecological feasibility of coral reef restoration for improving livelihood and food security in small island communities.
Background: Destructive fishing practices have severely damaged coral reef systems throughout Indonesia. Not only do these methods kill fish and other organisms, but the blasts also destroy coral skeletons and prevent new coral recruits from building a reef. The consequences for coral reef fisheries may be drastic, leading to changes in relationships within communities that are dependent on reefs for livelihood. Coral restoration may provide one way to rehabilitate the reef system and positively influence fisheries, but results from previous efforts have been equivocal.