Harvest Strategy Development for Indonesian Archipelagic Waters – November 2016 Update

20 Dec 2016
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Indonesia is committed to developing Harvest Strategies for Archipelagic Waters (FMA 713, 714 and 715) that are compatible with the Harvest Strategies required under the WCPFC. This process started in 2014, with the expected achievement of having robust and useable Harvest Strategies by the end of 2017. There is a lot of effort going in to this process from many stakeholders. DJPT SDI and Puslitbangkan are leading the initiative, with support from CSIRO, the WCPFC, MDPI, AP2HI, SFP, IPNLF, IPB, industry partners, national universities, provincial government and many more. It has been a great example of how Indonesia is engaging all stakeholders in fisheries management developments.

Harvest Strategies are a management approach, with a set of management measures to implement should certain conditions arise in the fishery (i.e. should fishing mortality exceed the agreed limit reference point). The management measures are often already discussed and approved by stakeholders, to meet objectives as best as possible. Harvest Strategies consider the uncertainty associated with stock assessments and catch estimates, and use modelling techniques to represent the fishery conditions and determine a management response. More information can be found from the Pew Charitable Trusts webpage.

Harvest Strategy Meeting. Photo credit: MDPI

The most recent meetings for Harvest Strategy development were held in November 2016 in Bali and in Bogor. The 10-11th November was a Technical Workshop, where there was an update on the progress on identifying gaps from available stakeholder data and staff from Puslitbangkan gave an update on their time with CSIRO for training in modelling and data assessment. This session was focused on understanding the data requirements for the modelling components of Harvest Strategies. The 14th of  November was a Management Objective Workshop and was attended by representatives from industry and provincial government. During this workshop, participants were divided into two groups, one group tasked with identifying important socio-economic objectives and the other group tasked with identifying important biological objectives to be considered in Harvest Strategy development. The final workshop was the Stakeholder Workshop, 15-16th November, where a review of stakeholders’ on fisheries management issues from a survey in November were discussed with participants. Participants were divided into three groups, each group tasked with working through a hypothetical example of selecting and implementing management measures to improve the status of a depleted stock.

It was a busy schedule of meetings, with great progress being made since the last meetings in April, in particular in the data assessment and modelling aspects. The next meetings are scheduled for March and May next year. MDPI is looking forward to supporting this work in the new year and would like to congratulate all involved for the progress made to date, especially the Indonesian government.

Writer: Deirdre Duggan

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