CCRES Chief Scientist Professor Pete Mumby. Photo: Gracia Respati, OnTrackMedia Indonesia.

Indonesia symposium highlights help available to rebuild fisheries

CCRES Chief Scientist Professor Pete Mumby recently spoke at Indonesia’s National Symposium on Coastal and Small Island Conservation 9-10 May 2017 in Jakarta about tools available to help position Marine Protected Areas to rebuild fisheries.

Organised by Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, WWF-Indonesia, and Coastal and Ocean Journal, the Symposia attracted around 50 experts, policy makers and practitioners.

In his keynote speech, Prof Mumby discussed CCRES’s work that provides a compelling case to increase marine areas protected from fishing to increase fisheries’ productivity.

“About 2 per cent of the current marine area is protected, but if you get this to 10 per cent that’s even better,” explained Prof Mumby. “You can even set aside 20-30 per cent as fisheries-rebuilding areas without damaging the productivity of the fishery and actually that should enhance the fishery substantially.”

“There’s good evidence globally that you can achieve good outcomes with marine reserves or zones where you don’t fish in fisheries replenishment areas.”

Photo: Gracia Respati, OnTrackMedia Indonesia.

He added that providing training and capacity building was critical to achieving good outcomes.

“The tools we have developed allow managers to determine where to locate marine protected areas for the best results if you want to rebuild fisheries,” he added.

“In Indonesia, there is clearly a desire to engage and use these tools and our job is to help connect the right people so they become aware that the tools exist and how they might use them for their own purposes.”

He noted the significant capacity in Indonesia through CCRES’s research partners including IPB [Bogor Agricultural University] and LIPI [Indonesian Institute of Sciences] to move the research forward and to get practical tangible results.

“Just seeing how our Indonesian partners can move this work forward is very rewarding, they play a very important role in research implementation and will maintain the project’s legacy,” said Prof Mumby.

The tools discussed by Prof Mumby will also be demonstrated at a Showcase on 27 July 2017 in Jakarta and in a Tools Forum in Selayar on 1 August 2017. For more information on these please contact Ibu Yuni Haryunani.

The topic of Prof Mumby’s speech drew from the findings published in the Plos Biology paper he co-authored that was published earlier this year, Marine Reserve Targets to Sustain and Rebuild Unregulated Fisheries.

For more information contact Prof Peter Mumby