Empowering Women Fishmongers By Restoring Marine Biodiversity in Indonesia
- Nature Conservation
- Marine Protected Areas
- Sustainable Fisheries
- Sustainable Livelihoods
- Community Action
- Marine Habitats
- Youth Leadership
- Australasian Islands & Eastern Indonesia
- Daughters for Earth
|Category|| Nature Conservation |
|Realm|| Australasia |
|Status|| seed |
|Funding Level|| $ |
|Partner||Yayasan Teman Laut Indonesia|
One Earth’s Project Marketplace funds on-the-ground climate solutions that are key to solving the climate crisis through three pillars of collective action — renewable energy, nature conservation, and regenerative agriculture. This project protects and restores coastal ecosystems by sustainably managing marine resources.
The coastal communities living on Alor Island in Indonesia rely heavily on fishing for food and livelihood. Local women play a significant role in this economy, managing fish sourcing, processing, and marketing.
Yet, these women face gender inequity despite their vital roles, and the ecosystem as a whole is facing destruction due to overfishing.
Yayasan Teman Laut Indonesia (Thresher Shark Indonesia) aims to tackle these issues. Support for this project will empower women fishmongers to improve their social and economic well-being by sustainably managing marine resources.
Creating a group of local business leaders
The first step in this project is to identify potential women fishmongers in Alor. After establishing an entrepreneurial group of ten, they will receive new fisheries equipment and training on fish storing, eco-friendly management, financial literacy, and product diversification.
Transparent supply chains are needed to ensure women can get a fair benefit in the fishing industry. To achieve this, the final step will be connecting the group to markets outside the region, allowing them to build business networks.
Improving fishery livelihoods
A young, local Indigenous woman will lead this project. She has been working with Thresher Shark Indonesia and has grown her passion for marine conservation to impact her community positively.
The project will benefit women fishmongers by improving their ability to manage fisheries supply chains. The success of this project is achieved when fishmongers can store and manage fish effectively, sell at a transparent price, and produce new derivative fish products as additional income.
Community-led ocean conservation
Thresher Shark Indonesia’s mission is to conserve the marine ecosystem in Alor. The organization helps local communities to develop alternative livelihoods that work with marine resources so that conservation is a part of everyday life.
This work also includes developing the younger generation to be conservation leaders and increasing coastal communities' awareness and sense of belonging with their ocean.
Protecting the thresher shark
Since 2018, Thresher Shark Indonesia has been preserving the endangered thresher shark population while empowering coastal communities. Thresher shark movements and habitat are studied using satellite and acoustic tags.
By empowering local fishers, their dependence on shark fishing is reduced.
Allowing the ecosystem to heal and restore
In the long term, the project aims to reduce the threat to marine biodiversity and improve the economy of Alor’s community by enhancing their small-scale fisheries. They will feel fulfilled and again in sync with nature, stopping the exploitation of natural resources and allowing the ecosystem to heal and restore itself.