Indonesian fishers celebrating their catch. (Photo: © Paul Hilton & IPNLF)
INPLF joins a global collaboration to research fishing communities
Saturday, July 22, 2017, 03:20 (GMT + 9)
A team of international partners and local stakeholders is to develop a project intended to help build long-term research capability for marine planning in East and Southeast Asia over the next four years and support local coastal communities.
The project, called Blue Communities, is led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, the foundation of International Pole & Line Foundation, among others.
The IPNLF has been awarded funding from the Research Councils UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to participate in the initiative that will support social research into Indonesian small-scale coastal tuna fishing communities that depend upon ocean resources for food, livelihoods, health and well-being.
Through academic-stakeholder collaborations and community co-creation, this project will support the development, implementation and ongoing management of initiatives that promote the sustainable use of marine resources.
This project provides a valuable opportunity for IPNLF to conduct research into the social and cultural dynamics of Indonesia’s pole-and-line and handline coastal tuna fisheries to inform marine planning and effort allocation processes.
“We are delighted to have been awarded the GCRF funding and we look forward to getting started on the Blue Communities project. An aspect of particular interest will be comparing the unique features, existing management strategies and local challenges for each of the case study sites and identifying successful initiatives and best-practice that may also be beneficial in other areas,” commented Professor Mel Austen, Blue Communities Principal Investigator and a Head of Science at Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
For her part, Dr Alice Miller, Social Research & Programme Director at IPNLF welcomed the opportunity for IPNLF to collaborate with leading, international institutions to further our understanding of the social and economic dynamics of small-scale tuna fishing communities, and identify how these dynamics can influence management on a local and national level.