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Issue No:78
  • :January
  • :2018

Samudra Report No.78, January 2018

Indonesia / SSF

Strong Pillars

The fisheries and coastal resources policy of Indonesia requires a specific operational and regulatory framework to ensure the the protection of traditional small-scale fishers

This article is by Ahmad Marthin Hadiwinata (, Chief Executive of the Central Executive Board of Traditional Fisherfolk Union (KNTI), Indonesia

Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, the President of Indonesia, mentioned in a speech on 13 November 2014 that “the second pillar (of the Global Maritime Axis) is a commitment to maintain and manage marine resources with a focus on building marine food sovereignty through the development of the fishing industry by positioning fisherfolk as the main pillar”.

The emphasis on fisherfolk as the main pillar of food sovereignty cannot be separated from the strategic role played by small-scale traditional fishers, for several reasons. First, around 86 per cent of domestic fish supply comes from small-scale fisherfolk. Second, their local wisdom shapes a conservation ethos which values wise, fair and sustainable exploitation of coastal and marine resources. Third, most Indonesian fishers—up to 90 per cent of the total fisher population—are from the small-scale traditional sector.

This article attempts...

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