Illegal Fishing Threatens Marine Ecosystem [part 3]

If there is no significant action to ban destructive fishing practice across Spermonde, the continuation of the coral reef destruction could be as serious as deforestation, which had been discussed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali. The level of coral reef degradation from 10 percent to 50 percent is an indication of theContinue reading “Illegal Fishing Threatens Marine Ecosystem [part 3]”

Illegal Fishing Threatens Marine Ecosystem [part 2]

Based on my fieldwork since 1996 in eastern Indonesia, the role of a local economic institution called “Punggawa Sawi” (patron-client) is important in sustaining such practices. The crews in the fishing boats (generally poor fishermen) rely on the instructions given by their supervisors or the boat owners. The “big boss” tends to instruct the crewContinue reading “Illegal Fishing Threatens Marine Ecosystem [part 2]”

Illegal Fishing Threatens Marine Ecosystem [part 1]

For centuries, the people of Western Sulawesi coastal areas have depended on marine ecosystems for their food and livelihood. There is a huge ecosystem region called Spermonde Islands located between the main islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi. There are 126 small islands spread across this region with a population of more than 50,000. Today, however,Continue reading “Illegal Fishing Threatens Marine Ecosystem [part 1]”