Supporting Marine Fishing Sustainably: A review of central and provincial government support for marine fisheries in Indonesia
Central government support varies between USD 140 and USD 210 million a year, but it is unclear whether it always achieves its desired socio-economic impacts without undermining the environmental viability of the sector.
50% of central government support for fisheries is provided via fuel subsidies. Preliminary evidence suggests this benefits boat owners more than low-income fishers and can encourage overfishing.
Provincial-level support focus on vessel acquisition, modernization, and equipment. These measures are mostly targeted at pelagic fisheries, some of which are already fished at unsustainable levels.
Indonesia’s fisheries sector is an important source of nutrition, jobs, and income domestically and plays a key role in the country’s ability to achieve sustainable development. However, a number of fish stocks, including some with high economic value, are already suffering from overfishing, and many others are fully exploited.
Sound fisheries policy is thus essential to ensure fisheries can sustainably deliver socio-economic benefits for the Indonesian population. While some government interventions play a critical role in achieving key public policy objectives such as poverty alleviation, job creation, or resource management, there is strong evidence that certain forms of support can also contribute to the buildup of excessive fishing capacity and the depletion of fish stocks.
Ensuring that public support to fisheries promotes sustainable development in Indonesia thus requires a review of support measures benefiting the sector and their potential implications from a social, economic, and environmental perspective. This report aims to contribute to an informed, evidence-based national discussion in this area by developing an inventory of support measures provided to marine fisheries and identifying specific programs that should be prioritized for detailed evaluation in the future.
You might also be interested in
Indonesia Should Assess Fisheries Support to Minimize Overfishing Risk
A new report suggests that certain government supports may incentivize overfishing in Indonesia. Experts say these should be prioritized for possible reform.
Doubling Back and Doubling Down: G20 scorecard on fossil fuel funding
This study tracks, for the first time, each G20 country's progress on ending support for fossil fuels—ranking their transparency, commitments, and financial support to oil, gas, and coal.
Foreign policy will hurt Canada's oil and gas sector more than anything: Economist
The Liberals take a minority government and with that comes stricter cuts to the oil and gas industry to meet a net-zero goal by 2050. Aaron Cosbey, economist at the International Institute for Sustainable Development joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the future of climate policy in Canada.
Jagmeet Singh calls Liberals' climate record 'abject failure' in home stretch
As the Canadian federal election campaign nears its end, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is fighting off criticism from progressive environmentalists by trying to shift the focus back to Justin Trudeau's climate record.