LOCAL DIALOGUE: A CHALLENGE FOR SMALL SCALE FISHERS FACING CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE EAST LAMPUNG FISHING AREA
Bintang Kejora's is one of the fishers' group in Margasari Village, Labuhan Maringgai District, East Lampung Regency. KUB which consists of 10 people is chaired by Mr. Sunar.
On Monday, June 13, 2022, KUB Bintang Kejora Rajungan held a regular monthly meeting to discuss alternative business activities that are currently being carried out. In addition, during the meeting, KUB members discussed climate change, whose impacts are starting to be felt by people in coastal and marine areas. Mitra Bentala was also present in the dialogue.
The theme of the dialogue discussed by KUB Morning Star Rajungan is climate change. In general, the fishermen of Margasari Village think that climate change is an uncertain weather condition at this time. According to Paino, a member of KUB Morning Star Rajungan, the impact felt by fishermen like himself is that they cannot go to sea for 3-4 days when the weather is extreme. When that happens, fishermen can only surrender until the weather improves. Sunar as the head of KUB also said that fishermen in their environment do not fully understand climate change, so there needs to be awareness of fishermen about climate change.
"In detail, the fishermen are honest, I don't know what climate change is. It's just that now the rainy season is shifting continuously, sometimes even getting longer. Perhaps it is also necessary to disseminate information to us fishermen regarding what climate change is and how to deal with its impacts.”
In addition to the issue of climate change, fishermen in Margasari Village also complain about the price of crab which is currently falling. Fishermen hope that there is clear price information about why the price of crabs has dropped.