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Economic Contribution to Ecosystem-Based Management in the Birds Head Seascape, Papua, Indonesia

Raja Ampat, in Eastern Indonesia, boasts the highest coral reef biodiversity in the world, and is therefore an important area not only for fishing and tourism, but also for conservation. In an effort to understand this ecosystem, development of an ecosystem based management (EBM) framework was initiated by Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund. The economic component of this project was our particular focus. Specifically, our objective was to look at the economics of unregulated and illegal fishing in Raja Ampat. An unregulated anchovy fishery and the illegal use of dynamite and explosives in the region were studied.

Sumaila, U. R., and D. Pauly. (2006). Catching more bait: a bottom-up re-estimation of global fisheries subsidies. Fisheries Centre Research Reports Vol. 14, No. 6 Pages: 114pp.

This report on fisheries subsidies explores a theme that may seem baffling to the uninitiated: all but the fisheries industry seem to think subsidies are bad, yet they survive only because they are subsidized. This report does is differentiate between subsidy types – fuel and non-fuel, subsidies that are considered ‘good’, ‘bad’ and ‘ugly’.