Gwenaël Hanon: Thesis Student

23 May 2016

My first years I grew up travelling with my parents across Africa, the Middle East and West-Europe, already seeing a huge variety of nature at a young age. Only after some years did I settle in the Netherlands where I really developed my interests for wildlife and nature. Choosing for a bachelor in ‘Biology’ at Wageningen University was therefore the next logical step for me. During this bachelor program I expanded my interests for the aquatic environment which, together with my enthusiasm for aquaria and fishkeeping, has led me to continue my study with a master in ‘Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management’. I was and still am driven by my curiosity of the vastness and fascinated by the endless possibilities within the aquatic environment as well as driven by the responsibility that I feel to stimulate a sustainable future for a healthy aquatic environment together with responsible and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

The MSc thesis I am doing at Wageningen University is in cooperation with MDPI and about the spatial effort allocation of small-scale fishers of the Eastern-Indonesian tuna fishery. This thesis relies on the output of the IFITT-NWO program that introduces technology innovations to improve the traceability in fisheries information systems in the Indonesian tuna supply chain. By using the data from GPS-based spot trace technology that traces these tuna fishers during their fishing trips, I try to understand how the individual fishers fish on their fishing grounds in search for tuna and how their strategies affect the variability in their daily catches. Knowing their spatial behavior will also improve the knowledge on how to effectively monitor these fishers. Additionally we want to use the data from the Spot Trace™ system to verify ongoing port sampling data, which MDPI already conduct throughout Eastern Indonesia, using the I-Fish system

I had the amazing opportunity to come to Bali and work in the field to see and assist the NWO Spot Trace™ program in Lombok, Buru and Seram together with the MDPI staff and the fishermen, with MDPI’s Wildan as my field supervisor. Being there in the field gave me great insights on how these small-scale fisheries operate, how the whole supply chain with all actors interacts and how introducing technological innovations proves to be challenging in such remote areas within this rapidly developing fishery.

Writer: Gwenaël Hanon


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