On 21 November, 2023, Indonesia celebrates Hari Ikan Nasional (National Fisheries Day), acknowledging the pivotal role of fisheries sector in securing both our food and economic stability. As an archipelago nation blessed with diverse biodiversity, nature, cultures, and ethnicities, a holistic approach to managing our fisheries through inclusive and collaborative initiatives is necessary.
Inclusivity lies at the core of our strategy, ensuring that no one is left behind. LINI, operating at the grassroots level, is dedicated to empowering coastal communities by enhancing their capacities in fisheries, conservation, and management. We believe that communities’ set of skills, knowledge, experiences, and wisdom contributes to informed decision-making, effective policies, and appropriate mechanisms in fisheries management.
We are proud to share that our fisher partners from Banggai Islands and Selayar Islands actively participated in discussion on the Octopus Fisheries Management Plan (Rencana Pengelolaan Perikanan – RPP Gurita) from November 16 to 17, 2023, in Bogor. Individuals are Ansar, Hannaping and Herdianto, representing small-scale fishers, collaborated with government officials, researchers, industries and NGOs contribute to Chapter 3 of the RPP. This inclusive approach, featuring voices of multi-stakeholders reflects the power of sharing and partnership. It plays a crucial role in formulating strategies addressing strategic issues such as Octopus resources, natural resources, socio-economics, and governance, ultimately leading to sustainable and responsible fisheries.
As we celebrate Hari Ikan Nasional, we reflect on this historic milestone in Indonesian fisheries management. The engagement of fishers and key stakeholders at the national level marks a significant step forward.
Selamat Hari Ikan Nasional!
By Eveline Kurniati and Gayatri Reksodihardjo-Lilley