Fishery Assessment in Lamakera, Solor Island

13 Mar 2017
Indah Rufiati

MDPI conducted a site assessment in Lamakera, December 13-16 2016. Identifying various livelihood options for Lamakera fishermen and the conditions in current supply chains were assessed to determine whether the location is suitable for new fisheries opportunities and market certifications. The results aim to complement the information available on East Flores fisheries, with potential recommendations for various stakeholders, from government to companies and NGOs, so that the fishermen welfare and sustainable fisheries can be developed.

From the MDPI team Momo, Wildan and Hendri went to Lamakera to collect general information about the fishing village, fisheries supply chain, potential fisheries sustainability, fishing methods, the main fishery commodity, fishermen groups and additional information about logistics and facilities available in the area. We visited the village, fish processors, youth leaders, and a group of fishermen to collect as much information as possible. We were greeted by the friendly head of village in Watubuku and we had a discussion until late evening in Lamakera. Additionally, we met with the locally based companies and processor.

Fishery Assessment in Lamakera. Photo credit: MDPI

To increase our understanding, we conducted a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on January 18, 2017 in Larantuka, inviting stakeholders of Lamakera and Larantuka to complete and to confirm the results of the assessment and as to share experiences and updates from the fisheries sector.

As a wrap up, do you know the meaning of the name ‘Lamakera’. In the local language, ‘Lama’ means eating and ‘kera’ means eating together using a plate made from coconut leaf, so Lamakera means eating together using a plate made from coconut leaf. It is based on the importance of togetherness and sharing experiences.

Writer: Wildan

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