On 28 April, nine Vessel Tracking Systems (VTS), provided by Pelagic Data Systems, were installed in nine dugout canoes belonging to octopus fishers from Popisi Village in North Banggai, Central Sulawesi. These solar powered devices automatically record the boats’ position every few seconds, and the data can be uploaded via the cellular phone netowrk. Surya Risuana, one of the LINI field staff, explained to the octopus fishers the purpose of the devices, and helped them to install the devices in their small dugouts. Octopus fishers fish in the coral reefs following the reef slopes, from early morning to midday. With these devices, the project will have the opportunity to better understand the fishing patterns in the fishing grounds of the octopus fishers of Popisi village, and can be used as the basis for the development of better fisheries management plans in the area.
LINI is partnering with Blue Ventures, a UK-based conservation NGO, to begin implementation of the octopus Fishery Improvement study in Banggai Laut Regency, in the Province of Central Sulawesi. This new Regency was established in 2013, and includes islands that were formerly part of Banggai Kepulauan Regency. Continue reading
Blue Ventures collaborates with LINI to develop Community-based Octopus Fisheries Conservation Project in Banggai Island learning from Blue Ventures’ vast experience in Madagascar.