Marine Tenure and Small-Scale Fisheries: Learning from the Indonesia Experience

In January of 2017, USAID‘s Tenure and Global Climate Change provided technical assistance on marine tenure and small-scale fisheries in support of the Indonesia Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (USAID SEA) Project. The Indonesia field assessment, conducted from February 19 to March 3, 2017, contributed inputs to an overall strategy on marine tenure that will support the USAID SEA project’s goal to improve the management and sustainability of small-scale fisheries. Under existing Indonesia law, small-scale fisheries are defined as fishers operating out of boats less than 10 gross tons (GT) in size. Through a combination of desk review, meetings, and a workshop, the field assessment helped clarify the viability, from a legal and institutional perspective, of pursuing marine tenure options within USAID SEA Project areas and identified customary marine tenure communities as focal areas for project interventions.

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