By Amanda Longoria, NETUNO USA
New Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Edhy Prabowo, gave impetus to governance of snapper fisheries in Indonesia, and the Minister plans to launch an interim harvest strategy for snapper fisheries in Indonesia on March 4, 2020. The Minister plans to announce this milestone at the Boston Seafood Expo North America (March 15-17). This interim harvest strategy, the first one for snapper in Indonesia, applies to the Makassar Strait management area. Along with the harvest strategy, the Ministry is also working on a national management plan. The harvest strategy includes a proposal for a legal minimum size (see below) and control of fishing effort. It was fortunate that the Director-General of Capture Fisheries, Mr. Zulficar Mochtar, attended the launch of TNC’s FIP in August 2019, which built the Ministry’s confidence to take this fishery to the next level in terms of sustainability. The Ministry’s confidence may also have been boosted by the A-rated listing of the TNC’s national snapper FIP on fisheryprogress.org. NETUNO is a member of the TNC Indonesian FIP, joining the effort at launch.