Making Waves in Sustainable Fisheries Management in Indonesia
USAID Collaborative Fisheries Management or Bersama Kelola Perikanan (USAID Ber- IKAN)
Environmental Defense Fund
Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI)
San Francisco State University
July 5, 2022 -- July 4, 2027
The USAID Ber-IKAN Activity is focused on increasing the resilience of Indonesia’s marine ecosystem which will help preserve its biodiversity and support local livelihoods and economic growth across the region.
Specifically, this project is working to strengthen the local fisheries management system to advance the protection of marine biodiversity, apply more responsible fishing practices, and reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, overfishing, and destructive fishing.
The project’s ultimate objective is to set a new model for effective fisheries management, influencing global practices and contributing to both local prosperity and global marine conservation.
Water makes up 75 percent of the territory of this archipelagic country; the ﬁshing industry is hugely important to Indonesia’s economy. Indonesia faces many challenges to sustainably managing its ﬁsheries. Its ﬁsh stock status is generally considered to be “fully” or “over” exploited. Challenges include:
USAID Ber-IKAN assists Indonesia in protecting its marine biodiversity by supporting sustainable and equitable management for ﬁsheries.
In particular, the project helps improve adoption of, and compliance with, evidence-based ﬁsheries policies for priority ﬁsheries; strengthening small-scale ﬁsheries (SSF) governance; increasing government and market-based incentives for sustainable seafood products; and improving protection of ETP marine species aﬀected by ﬁshing practices.
USAID Ber-IKAN is helping to improve ﬁsheries management by applying an ecosystem approach to ﬁsheries management. This process includes the co-design, implementation, and adaptation of partnership-based and market-driven incentives for sustainable ﬁsheries management. USAID Ber-IKAN promotes investments that expand market access and strengthen the livelihoods of SSF and ﬁshing communities, especially those representing women, youth, indigenous people, and minority groups.
Resonance is fostering partnerships, market-driven incentives, and multi-stakeholder collaboration to enhance regulatory compliance, protect marine biodiversity, and improve livelihoods for marginalized groups.
USAID Ber-IKAN is establishing a new model for eﬀective ﬁsheries management, inﬂuencing practices globally, and contributing to both local prosperity and global marine ecosystem conservation.
Resonance’s work on USAID Ber-IKAN is advancing Indonesia's self-reliance to protect marine biodiversity by improving sustainable and equitable management of ﬁsheries.