Overfishing in Indonesia? What do you mean: I donít see any fishers! +
Complete article at link: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic....e-any-fishers/
Not sure how realistic her proposal is, and of course the problem is not confined to Indonesia. I could not believe how few dinner sized fish I saw e.g. in Yap.
Overfishing in Indonesia? What do you mean: I don’t see any fishers!
Lida Pet-Soede of WWF
National Geographic, Ocean Views, Feb 4, 2013
Yes, I am lucky. I have been able to sail the waters of Eastern Indonesia over nearly 20 years, and I have dipped underwater, swimming around some incredible lagoons, reefs, and seamounts. [...] I have taken many supporters of our fisheries and conservation work along on such trips and it usually does not take long before I get the question: Where are the fishers?
When we plunge in any one of the reefs along the way, my fellow divers and I are overtaken by the colors and variety of underwater plants and animals, but before the dive is over, one cannot escape the feeling that something is missing. Where are the big fish? The reefs are mostly devoid of large fish and many publications by renowned Indonesian and international scientists reflect how most of Indonesia’s fish stocks are overfished or at their maximum level of exploitation. Yet, to the occasional observer, it may look like not much is happening at sea...
Interesting. Lida is the wife of Jos Pet. They co-own The Seven Seas live aboard.
I think this a mostly due to a double edge sword. Local fisherman may be partly responsible, but there needs to be a clear definition of boundaries between Indonesia, PNG and Australia. It’s not just a social, but also a political dilemma that need to get sorted.