Women and the Sea: ATSEA-2 Programme Efforts on Gender Equality

More than 59 million people worldwide are engaged in capture fisheries and aquaculture. However, the role of women in this sector remains very minimal, at only 14% (FAO, 2020), even though women can play the same roles and have just the same level of impact as men. This lack of recognition can have implications for
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Norce Mote: A Mother’s Dedication in the World of Education and Fisheries

Norce Mote S.Si., M.Si. was born in Yapen Waropen, on 7 November 1983. Norce, as she is generally known, is a mother of three who is devoted to two things: Family and nature conservation. Since childhood, she has aspired to become a teacher. However, this dream was put to one side when she followed her
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Riches of the Aru Sea: Fisheries Past and Present

Ranging from large company-owned ships to small fishing boats, rows of ships are commonly seen at anchor in ports throughout the Dobo region of Aru in Maluku. Operating in the Aru region, these have come from locations all over Indonesia; their ubiquity is a testament to the wealth of marine resources with which the Aru
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Supporting artisanal fishery development in Papua New Guinea

GEF IW:LEARN World Oceans Day 2021 Special Issue On a grassy field, surrounded by wooden houses and overlooking the Torres Strait at the mouth of the Fly River, we were warmly welcomed by the Head of the of Kadawa village. Located just a short boat ride away from Daru Island, the village is one of
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Regaining a Momentum towards Effective Management of Kolepom Island MPA

After five years of a complex and lengthy process, the Papua Provincial Government finally established Kolepom Island Marine Protected Area (MPA) on September 26, 2020. Kolepom Island, also well-known as Dolok Island, is part of Merauke Regency, leaf-shapes, and separated only by the narrow Muli Strait from the mainland of Papua. The Governor of Papua
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Teamwork matters in marine protected area (MPA) management

Aru Tenggara Marine Protected Area (MPA) is one of the regions in the Arafura Sea where efforts are made to protect the ecosystem and species. Although uninhabited, this entire 114,000 hectares of space is used as a fishing ground for people outside of the MPA and remains a petuanan or an area where customary communities collect/manage resources
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Jabulenga: the center of shrimp fisheries in the Aru Islands

In 2019, the district of Aru Islands claimed that they had a potential shrimp fisheries resources of up to 21,111.28 tons a year. Yet according to the national statistics of Maluku province in the same year, only 3,029 were harnessed, but still represent the largest number of shrimp fisheries in the province. The majority of
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New hope for Karey Village and Aru Tenggara marine protected area

The Indonesian village of Karey may not be located in the Aru Tenggara (or Southeast Aru) Marine Protected Area (MPA), but their petuanan (or territories where customary communities collect/manage resources from land and marine areas) spreads across half of the MPA. Because of this, the Southeast Aru MPA, set in the Aru Islands Regency, Maluku Province, is
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Beach cleanup begins on the South Coast of Timor-Leste as part of a UNDP Marine Pollution Study

The South Coast municipalities of Viqueque, Manatuto, Manufahi and Covalima have recently become aware of the threats posed by marine debris washed ashore by strong currents and storm surges. Abandoned fish nets, floats and pieces and fragments of polypropylene rope often wash ashore or interfere with fishing activities. The plastic fragments break down into microplastic
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