Location: Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, and Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia
Collaborators: Chris Lane (URI), Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia), Udayana University (Indonesia), Universitas Mataram (Indonesia), University of Papua (Indonesia), Universitas Halu Oleo (Indonesia), Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Goal: Conduct monitoring on fish catch and reef fish assemblages, as well as market chains, and build social-ecological models testing the effects of management.
Significance: These results will inform decisions intended to move towards ecosystem approaches that consider multiple ecosystem components and social-ecological trade-offs.
Background: Although no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) have been widely adopted as a leading ecosystem-based fisheries management tool for coral reefs, there can be negative impacts on surrounding fisheries, cultural traditions, and social cohesion. Other management strategies such as gear-based restrictions may be effective compliments to MPAs that can be tailored to the local social and ecological context. To properly manage a multi-gear and multi-species coral reef fishery with gear restrictions, however, there must be an understanding of the impacts of different gears and what they mean for reef fish populations and people.
Funding: US Agency for International Development (USAID), US National Science Foundation (NSF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)