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Mariculture Proves a Successful Recipe for Sustainable Coastal and Marine Resource Management

Mariculture Proves a Successful Recipe for Sustainable Coastal and Marine Resource Management
06/07/2011

Philippines

4 - 8 July 2011. A delegation from Pangkal Pinang, on the Indonesian island of Bangka, was delighted to have the chance to meet their counterparts from the Philippines island of Bohol to gain inspiration on coastal management from fellow islanders.

Just like the Philippines, Indonesia is an island nation with many miles of coastline and fishing as a mainstay of the local economy in many places. It was therefore not a surprise, that the fishing community of Pangkal Pinang had chosen the successful mariculture project from Tubigon – combining coastal management with fish-farming – to replicate on their island. After having studied the example in detail on paper and developing a transfer concept, deciding which elements of the best practice would be most suitable for their own situation, officials from Pangkal Pinang, the local coaches and staff from an Indonesian LGA were excited to visit Tubigon and see with their own eyes how such a project could become a success.

The delegation was warmly welcomed by the mayor of Tubigon and officials from the local government, eager to share their secret of success. Fish cages had put an end to illegal fishing and a newly planted mangrove forest led to an increase in the export of aquarium fishes and other marine products such as shells. After initial background talks, filling in details on how the project had been planned and implemented, site visits and meetings with fishermen focused on the practical aspects of the replication activities. The visitors were impressed by the excellent mangrove management to protect the marine environment and felt that the fish breeder diversification scheme was of particular relevance to the local fishermen in Pangkal Pinang – definitely an element that will play a prominent part in the pilot city’s project.

It became clear to the visitors that the strong commitment of the Tubigon’s leadership to sustainable coastal and marine management was a decisive factor in the success of the project, as was the organizational structure of the local government, which offered people ample support and assistance. The importance of good training programs for fishermen also became apparent. The participants left with many good ideas, feeling the strong need to revise their replication matrix to incorporate the experiences they had made on this trip. A second trip, to learn even more about the mangrove conservation, would be great!