Reclaiming control of Indonesia's oceans

Tramel, Salena

Publisher:  The Ecologist
Date Written:  01/02/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23378

Indonesian activists are building a global movement to resist the financialisation and privatisation of the world's oceans.



Fisheries account for a significant part of Indonesia's trillion-dollar economy – the largest in Southeast Asia. More than 30 percent of global maritime trade finds its way through the Strait of Malacca, which is among the busiest of international shipping lanes. Tourist havens are seemingly everywhere, from the palm-fringed beaches of Bali, to the abundant shallow-water reefs of the Coral Triangle....

For many, marine ecosystem management, fisheries management, and climate change mitigation strategy are embodied in a redoubled commitment to the blue economy – the idea that the financialisation of oceans can reap economic profit and save the environment at once.

But what kind of development does the blue economy seek, and for whom? In Indonesia, small-scale fishers and their communities are holding fast to various manifestations of traditional knowledge that they see as key to ensuring the survival of the seas and of future generations.

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