Policy Makers Workshop: Economic Tools for Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries

Local Marine and fishery managers need to learn the full costs of policies as well as the economic rationales for sustainable fishery management. At the same time, national level actors and stakeholders need supports in improving policies and restoring sustainable practices and generating a positive environment for decentralized marine resource management. This policy maker workshop is intended to equip and harness the literacy and skills of policy makers within MMAF in designing policies toward sustainability ranging from those who work for research and science, capture fishery, conservation, enforcement and monitoring agencies, planning and budgeting of marine and fishery national office.

Course Objectives 

Upcoming Policy Makers Workshop for Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries

MMAFTrainingPhotosParticipants working on a group exercise at a previous CSF training in Indonesia. Photo credit: Niki Gribi

What do fishermen truly stand to lose from the creation of large MPAs? Comparing claims with actual economic costs

CSF is investigating the fishing-related opportunity costs of existing large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs) using Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM), Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRI), the Palau National Sanctuary (PNS) and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) as case studies. Specifically, CSF is working to evaluate the extent to which fishing regulations have been implemented at each MPA.

Second Marine Fellowship Program Workshop in Tanjung Pinang

Photo for Second MFP Story
Photo credits: UMRAH

In early 2017, six researchers were awarded a grant as part of CSF’s Indonesia Marine Fellows Program (MFP). The six fellows were selected based on their research topics, which seek to answer pertinent questions about fisheries management challenges in Indonesia. The fellows were also paired with mentors who are experts in their respective fields.

The economic value of the recreational Red Abalone fishery in northern California

Economic benefits of the California halibut fishery

Recreational anglers in the United States collectively spend millions of days and millions of dollars per year fishing in coastal and ocean waters. The state of California ranks second in the nation for recreational saltwater fishing, second only to Florida. The California halibut, Paralichthys californicus, is one of the most highly sought-after fish for recreational anglers due to its large size, delicious taste and challenging fishing behavior. Over 60,000 trips are taken per year by boat anglers targeting this species.

conservation finance trainingCalifornia halibut. Photo credit: Ed Bierman.

Conservation Finance Curriculum Development

CSF has received a grant from Blue Solutions to support curriculum development on conservation finance. This will add to the current suite of Blue Solutions trainings that include marine spatial planning, climate change adaptation, and integrating ecosystem services into marine and coastal development.

Scenario Planning of West Papua as a Conservation Province

Through support from DFID/UKCUU, CSF Indonesia led a scenario planning process of West Papua in relation to West Papua having recently been established as a Conservation Province (Provinsi Konservasi). The purpose of scenario planning was twofold. First was to develop a comprehensive understanding of what the future may hold for the sustainability of development in West Papua. Second was to establish a well-rooted vision that the stakeholders of West Papua will choose as the vision for the future, based on the shared knowledge of key driving forces, the interplay among these forces and actors, and the directions the interactions may result on.

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