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Harvest strategies for Indonesian tropical tuna fisheries to increase sustainable benefits

Project Code: FIS/2016/116
Program: Fisheries
Research Program Manager: Dr. Ann Fleming
Project Leader: Campbell Davies - CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
FEB 2018
DEC 2021
Project Status: Legally Committed/Active
Key partners
Agency for Research and Human Resources Development, Marine and Fisheries, Indonesia


This project is enabling Indonesian fisheries scientists, industry actors and managers to improve the effectiveness of monitoring and management systems for tuna fisheries. 

Indonesia is the second-largest producer of fishery products in the world and the largest producer of tuna, contributing to around 15% of global production. 

Its fishing fleet is diverse, stretching from the eastern Indian Ocean to the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, and in recent years into the Southern Ocean.

Information underpinning assessments of tuna in Indonesian waters remains quite limited, resulting in high levels of uncertainty in stock status and productivity. 

Hence, assessing the sustainability of current levels of fishing and impacts on future yields is problematic. Indonesia currently lacks the operational management tools required to manage its tuna fisheries to maximise benefits and minimise risks of overfishing.

This project will improve the effectiveness of monitoring and management systems for Indonesian tuna fisheries and contribute to improving economic and social benefits, while reducing the conservation risks.  

Expected project outcomes

  • Harvest Strategy Framework adopted under the National Tuna Management Plan.
  • Improved understanding of Directorate General for Capture Fisheries and Centre for Fisheries Research staff in implementing Harvest Strategy based on Australian and relevant international experiences.
  • Improved understanding of productivity of yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack tuna in the region.
  • Improved baseline knowledge of social and economic status of tuna fisheries in Indonesia through development of a database.
  • Coverage and coordination of national tuna monitoring improved and uncertainty in total catch and effort by Indonesian tuna fisheries reduced.
  • Well-developed skills of Indonesian scientists in tuna reproductive biology.
  • Export of selected Indonesian tuna products approved under EU sustainability requirements. 
  • Improved institutional communication and coordination mechanisms for translating science into policy for domestic and international tuna fisheries management.