Location: Arafura and Timor Seas, Indonesia
Collaborators: The Nature Conservancy
Goal: Develop management plans for deepwater snapper-grouper fisheries by collaborating with fishermen to improve data transparency and traceability.
Significance: This work will aid in identifying appropriate methods for collaborative data collection and ultimately lead to data-driven fishery management plans and enable the establishment of harvest control rules.
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.
Funding: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, US Agency for International Development (USAID)