Indonesia’s small-scale coastal tuna fishing communities to be spotlighted in new research

The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) will be using new funding from Research Council U.K.’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to conduct social research on Indonesia’s small-scale coastal tuna fishing communities, it announced on 21 July. 

The funding comes under the Blue Communities project, which is led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, international partners and local stakeholders. The project sets out to build “long-term research capability for marine planning in East and Southeast Asia over the next four years and, in doing so, support local coastal communities,” explained IPNLF. 

The organization considers its upcoming work as part of the Blue Communities project to be a valuable opportunity to conduct research into the social and cultural dynamics of Indonesia’s pole-and-line and handline coastal tuna fisheries, which could, in turn, help IPNLF and those respective fisheries in marine planning and allocation processing.   

‘This is a very exciting opportunity for IPNLF to collaborate with leading, international institutions to further our understanding of the social and economic dynamics of small-scale tuna fishing communities, and identify how these dynamics can influence management on a local and national level,” IPNLF Social Research and Program Director Alice Miller said.

"We are delighted to have been awarded the GCRF funding and we look forward to getting started on the Blue Communities project,” sai Mel Austen, Blue Communities principal investigator and a head of science at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. “An aspect of particular interest will be comparing the unique features, existing management strategies and local challenges for each of the case study sites and identifying successful initiatives and best-practice that may also be beneficial in other areas.”


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