Stories in Indonesia

Feeding the World from Indonesia's Fisheries

As the world’s second largest producer of seafood, Indonesia is transforming its fishery for long-term sustainability.

Three red fish are measured on a board.
Pale snapper (Etelis radiosus) is measured on the color-coded board prior to processing at the CV Indotropic Fishery. The fish length will provide information about consumer buying behavior. © TNC Indonesia

Protecting a Globally-Important Ecosystem and Food

Help Sustain Fisheries

Indonesia’s fisheries are of global importance. The country’s waters support over 3,000 species of bony fishes and more than 850 sharks, rays, and chimaeras. The fisheries industry employs about 12 million Indonesians.

Unfortunately, there is an indication that the majority of Indonesia’s fisheries are fully-exploited (fished to the largest possible catch, a peak), and illegal fishing regulations are not fully enforced, because of the large marine area.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is transforming fishery practices in Indonesia by monitoring fish stocks, tracking fishing vessels, developing species identification technology, promoting rights-based management in small near-shore fisheries and more.

A man holds a large red fish in a busy market.
Malabar snapper A fish supplier offer his product (Lutjanus malabaricus) at the fish auction market in Lamongan District, East Java. © Laksmi Larastiti/TNC Indonesia

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