Indonesia's First Fisheries Management Plan
The Minister for Fisheries, Indonesia endorsed their 1st Fisheries Management Plan(FMP) in May 2014. The workshops facilitated by GNA with fishermen from the Arafura Sea region (see Indonesian workshops) were timely as they coincided with both the fact that Indonesia had started the planning process and that the first plan was to be the Arafura Sea region.
At the fifth workshop GNA and ATSEA invited the planning committee to attend as we planned to workshop some solutions to the issue of ghost nets with the particpants including fishers and researchers. Members of the committee were overwhelmed to learn that the ghost net issue existed for they were completely unaware of such a phenomena and its impacts. This is an important point to learn for if fisheries managers throughout the world are similar to their Indonesian colleagues how can we work toward solutions?
In Novemeber 2013 GNA and ATSEA were invited to work with the FMP committee to develop some policies and actions to reduce the number of ghost nets occurring. Most of these were included in the final plan.