Komodo Island National Park, Komodo

December 2000

Alternative fishing program, Komodo Island National Park

Komodo National Park in Indonesia is composed of 510 square miles of some of the most biologically diverse waters, reefs, mangroves, and bays in the world. The waters in the park provide habitat for more than 1,000 species of fish, approximately 260 species of reef-building coral, 70 species of sponge, and the endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles. Two destructive fishing practices, dynamite and cyanide fishing, are severely damaging the reef fish populations as well as the reef itself.

To provide an incentive for the fishing community to fish the open ocean away from the threatened coral reefs. fish aggregating devices have been placed in the 5,000-foot deep waters outside the boundary of Komodo National Park. These devices attract pelagic fish such as yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, and Spanish mackerel, which migrate through the Indo-Pacific. Seacology funds have been used to support the Nature Conservancy in training fishers from two Komodo Island communities in the skills needed to fish off deep-water fish aggregating devices, and also to equip and refit boats with equipment appropriate for this type of fishing. This is enabling the local fishing community to continue earning a living from fishing without destroying the coral reefs.

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Project Updates
June 2008
Between 2004 and 2006, fisherman from Seraya Island personally financed FADs to catch tuna. In 2007 a fish cold storage business was set up, installing five FAD units at approximately 1,250 meters...
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July 2004
The fish aggregating device is in place and is being used by fishermen as an alternative to blast fishing on the coral reefs. The project has encouraged the development of a local fishery for...
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