INDESO : Combatting illegal fishing and managing stocks in Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle and is one of the most important reservoirs of marine biodiversity on the planet. The region provides several billion dollars of annual revenue through fisheries, aquaculture and tourism. These resources are now under threat as never before. To protect Indonesian marine resources and support the country’s Blue Revolution, which aims to make Indonesia the world’s leading producer of seafood, the government has chosen CLS, to create a major national centre to forecast changes to marine resources, protect them and develop them. By comparing different sources of satellite, the Indonesian analysts can detect illegal fishing vessels (IUU).

By comparing different sources of satellite data acquired by INDESO program (Infrastructure Development of Space Oceanography) and coordinated by CLS, the Indonesian analysts can detect illegal fishing vessels (IUU).

The illegal fishing is a real problem for the Indonesian government as it costs more than 2 billions of dollars each year.

The fishery minister, Mrs. Susi Pudjiastuti use INDESO to detect illegal fishing vessels. Once detected, the minister doesn’t mince her words to deal with the problem. She evacuate the vessel and sink it. The strategy is questionable and complicate diplomatic relationship with neighbors countries, but this radical solution could be quickly efficient.

In addition, CLS has delivered SEAPODYM, its model for marine population dynamics, to Indonesia. CLS works routinely alongside local organizations for the protection of marine resources.

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