Australia Awards – Short term Awards Scholarship
Participant: SFM Participants
Pre Course Workshop: 19 -21 October 2015 (Denpasar-Bali, Indonesia)
Course: 22-4 December 2015 (Monash University, Australia)
Post Course Workshop: February 2016 (batam, Indonesia)
Developing Asia Program wins Sustainable Fisheries Management grant
MSI’s Developing Asia Program has won a grant to develop and run an Australia Awards Indonesia Short Course entitled “Sustainable Fisheries Management”.
The course will involve 25 participants from Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), and from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It will take participants through stock assessment, stock management and policy development, and help establish linkages between stock analysis and policy.
The course aims to align commissioned research with policy demands and help strengthen the Indonesian government’s capacity to develop evidence-based policies in sustainable fisheries management. Extensive consultations with DFAT, the MMAF and the Indonesian Department of Agriculture have identified maritime economy with an emphasis on sustainable fisheries management as a focus for the course.
Chief Research Officer, Dr Paul McShane, said the course aligned with Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s vision to transform Indonesia into a ‘global maritime axis’. “His vision is to develop the country’s maritime resources for its economic prosperity. Under this vision, Indonesia is increasingly active in promoting and enforcing sustainable fisheries practices within the country. They are committed to advancing cooperation with regional countries in the sector.”
He said the MMAF saw the use of short courses as one way to deliver on this agenda, and were keenly interested in learning from Australia’s expertise – particularly in how specific regulations and strategies could be developed from accurate scientific information to ensure effective sustainable fisheries management.
The course aims to increase participants’ skills and knowledge of sustainable fisheries management and maritime economy and help them use that knowledge to influence their professional fields and communities.
Work on the project is due to begin in late November 2015.