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How satellites help foster sustainable fishing in Indonesia

  • James Cemmell

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London   /   Mon, November 11, 2019   /  01:45 pm
How satellites help foster sustainable fishing in Indonesia Fisherfolk pull in their fishing net from the waters off the east coast of Pangandaran. (JP/Arya Dipa)

For Indonesia, the world’s second-largest producer of seafood, the fisheries industry is a key contributor to its gross domestic product (GDP). In 2018, the fisheries sector contributed more than US$26.9 billion to Indonesia’s GDP. However, the industry is prone to irregular and alarming dips in fish stocks as well as threats to biodiversity due to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, which puts the livelihood of the fishing community at stake. Therefore, it is critical to take proactive measures to protect and sustain the fisheries industry. With Indonesia’s long coastlines and more than 17,000 islands, it is difficult and costly to monitor vessel movements in the country’s waters. On top of that, vessel connectivity is a major issue, whereby fishers do not have connectivity out at sea. They are unable to call for help in times of emergency, l...

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