The Importance of the Sustainable Use of Fishery Resources to Improve the Livelihoods of Fishermen on the Islands of Sumatra and Sulawesi, Indonesia

Sumatra and Sulawesi, two of Indonesia’s largest islands, have particularly rich fisheries that have the potential to be both profitable assets and the primary means of subsistence for fishermen. Even if they haven’t been exploited to their full potential, these resources have deteriorated, and in certain places, their sustainability is in jeopardy. Anthropogenic pressures, particularly destructive and illegal fishing methods used by both local and outsider fishermen, were the main cause of the deterioration (domestic and international). The fishermen had to contend with seasonal consequences, particularly the growing frequency of bad weather that forced many of them to halt fishing, as well as limitations and difficulties in using shifting fisheries resources that relied on low-tech fleet and fishing equipment. In order to improve the lives of fishermen on the islands of Sumatra and Sulawesi, this study analyses the problems raised and the significance of sustainable fishing practises. On these islands, there is an urgent need for initiatives to lessen risks to fisheries resources and boost fishing capacity. The social evaluation of coral reefs conducted by COREMAP LIPI using a combination of quantitative (survey) and qualitative (open interviews and FGD) methodologies provided the data for this study. Additionally, it used secondary data culled from pertinent books, articles, study findings, and records.

Author(s) Details:

Deny Hidayati,
Research Center for Population, The National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia.

Research Center for Population, The National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia.

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Keywords: Fishery, resources, degradation, fishermen, livelihood, anthropogenic pressures, sustainability use.

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