Sampela Village – Wakatobi National Park

November 2003

Conservation and community benefit: Village-based fisheries management program in Wakatobi National Park

Wakatobi Marine National Park covers a vast, remote area of 3.5 million acres and is one of I2015ndonesia’s most important and largest marine protected areas. The Bajo people, an ethnic group popularly known as “Sea Gypsies,” live within this archipelago, and though relatively small in numbers, have had a significant impact on coral reefs due to their intense dependency on reef resources.

Working closely with a local village-based NGO, Yayasan Bajo Mattila, Seacology is providing shallow-water fish aggregating devices, ice-making facilities, and other equipment to the Bajo fishing village of Sampela on Kaledupa Island in support of a pelagic fisheries cooperative to reduce dependency on coral reef resources.

Project Updates
November 2004
Three rompongs (fish aggregation devices, or FADs) have been installed with members of the Sampela fishing community, and it is expected that the project would fund at least eight. Construction of...
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