Location: Timor Sea, Indonesia
Collaborators: The Nature Conservancy
Goal: Support improved management of target fisheries in Indonesia by collaborating with fishermen to improve data on fish stocks, traceability, and rights-based management approaches.
Significance: This work will aid in identifying methods for improving the collection and use of data to enable the establishment of harvest control rules for deepwater snapper/grouper fisheries in Indonesia.
Background: Addressing open access and “tragedy of the commons” requires a fundamental change in governance and also requires fishing companies and communities to be stewards of fishery resources. Greater transparency and better traceability in fisheries will contribute to meeting both of these requirements. By working with fishing communities and companies in data-poor fisheries, data capture systems can be put in place that benefit not only researchers and regulators but also the sector itself. One example is the use of Crew Operated Data Recording Systems where fishers photograph fish and then species and location data is automatically uploaded to a database, which then improves transparency and traceability between boat owners and companies.