Indonesia Partners Gather for Integrated Stakeholder Consultation Workshop

From July 19-21, Indonesian stakeholders gathered in Manado, Indonesia, to validate results from learning site research studies and begin the development of a Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan. Photo Credit: USAID Oceans/Melinda Donnelly

Following the completion of four in-depth research studies in USAID Oceans’ program learning site of Bitung, Indonesia, USAID Oceans convened an Integrated Stakeholder Consultation Workshop in Manado, Indonesia, July 19-21, 2017. At the event, USAID Oceans presented research results to participants and validated the studies’ findings. Building off of these presentations, stakeholders began the Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan (SFMP) development process, which will provide data-backed fisheries management plan for Bitung’s Fisheries Management Area (WPP) 716.

USAID Oceans conducted four learning site studies, with research beginning in 2016. A Value Chain Analysis for Tuna Fisheries, Rapid Appraisal for Fisheries Management, Labor Analysis and Gender Assessment were completed by subcontracted research partners Marine Change, Sam Ratulangi University (UNSRAT), and Verite (link to posted studies in Resources section). The studies were conducted to not only inform USAID Oceans’ development of Bitung’s Catch Documentation and Traceability System (CDTS), but to jump start the creation of a new fisheries management plan based on an Ecosystem Approach for Fisheries Management (EAFM).

Participants brought a broad range of experience, concerns and perspectives on management priorities. Over 85 stakeholders joined the meeting and included representatives from the national Indonesian and local Bitung Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, industry representatives and company owners, academe, non-governmental organizations and Oceans’ Technical Working Group members.

Following the EAFM approach to developing an SFMP, participants were broken out into groups to prioritize issues that should be addressed by the plan and revisit operational objectives. From the discussions, the groups were able to identify and agree upon key priorities. From these, participants established indicators upon which the plan will be built and progress will be measured. A full summary of workshop outcomes will be posted upon finalization.

In addition to conducting the workshop, USAID Oceans was able to meet with a host of partners. Meetings included a visit to the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Secretariat, visits to fishing operators and processors that are interested in piloting CTDS equipment as “first-mover” companies for traceability and meetings with partners MDPI, Marine Change, UNSRAT and others.

Download the learning site research summaries: