WWF – Coral shrimp project

WWF – Coral shrimp project

– Reducing impacts on marine turtles and advancing better fishing practices in Coral Triangle shrimp trawl fisheries 

Year 2010 – 2012

Project background
The incidental capture of untargeted species – bycatch – has become a major political, management, sectoral and environmental focus, bringing its implications to the forefront as a conservation, sustainability and food security imperative.  Of particular concern in the Coral Triangle region is shrimp trawling – an activity, which harvests an estimated tens of thousands of endangered marine turtles every year and which also catches a significant amount of other non-target (and unmanaged) fish and shellfish. An on-board WWF observations program in the Arafura Sea (near Papua) in 2005-2006 revealed that an average of 2-20 sea turtles were incidentally caught in each vessel during trawl operations.

This proposed project aims to reduce the impact of shrimp trawling on endangered sea turtles and improve the overall responsibility of these fisheries, through the verifiable adoption of bycatch-reducing gear (Turtle Excluder Device – TEDs) and fishing Best Practices.  To achieve this, a model of transformational change for shrimp trawling in the Coral Triangle will be developed collaboratively with local fishing communities, fishing associations, domestic and international seafood companies, management bodies and regulators.   The project will address the main disincentives impeding the use of TEDs in Indonesia – namely the extra income received from bycatch – and establish new incentives including increasing the income from target species and developing markets for TED-caught shrimp.

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