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Driving Management Innovation in the Indonesian Deep-Slope Snapper Fishery

Award Period: 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Friday, February 15, 2019

Award Amount: 

$91 867

Agency Name: 

Ocean Conservancy

Award Number: 

SB180069

PI First Name: 

Christopher

PI last name: 

Costello

MSI Person: 

Area/s of Research: 

Abstract: 

The Sustainable Fisheries Group at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) will support a collaborative project with the Ocean Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy on modeling sustainable fisheries interventions in Indonesia. The joint project is focused on the deep-slope snapper-grouper fishery complex in Indonesia. The deep-slope snapper fishery in Indonesia’s Timor Sea (Fishery Management Area 573) serves as a great beta-site for the development of new, replicable fisheries management tools. Through their deep, on-the-ground engagement in Indonesia, TNC has assembled the fundamental building blocks of this effort: an accurate taxonomy of the local snapper complex, biological information regarding the health of key species, and spatial information on fishing patterns. The joint project team will harness these critical datasets, as well as new field data on fisher decision-making and responses to price premiums. Our team will use an agent-based model to map pathways to MSC certification in the fishery by 2022, optimizing around the fishery objectives and key data sources identified in the MSC pre-assessment, scheduled to be completed in September 2017. UCSB will be primarily focused on supporting the development and validation of policy interventions on spatial effort controls and market interventions on price premiums to model for the snapper-grouper fishery, but they may also contribute more broadly to the project.