SRI: The State of Marine Fisheries in Indonesia

Application Deadline: November 15, 2013

Fisheries in the Western Pacific are often poorly managed, leading to overexploitation and economic losses that especially affect small fishing communities, yet the state of fisheries in some regions remains poorly known. Specifically in Indonesia, weak governance and elite capture are believed to be important factors in overfishing, but the actual state of and trends in fisheries management are less well understood.

This Special Reporting Initiative (SRI) will ask: what is the current state of fisheries in Indonesia and the potential for the improvement of both management and policy in the near future?

Potential questions:

  • What is the current impact of overfishing and unregulated/illegal fishing?
  • What is the real loss to Indonesian society without secure privileged access to fishing grounds (with the current open access)?
  • What are the economic losses of poor fisheries management at national level (to communities and GDP, etc.)?
  • What is the impact of weak governance and is there a way beyond the current stasis and trends?
  • What is the opportunity to influence broader policy and decisions to really advance land use and forest issues and policies/changes?

We will evaluate proposals based on the professionalism of the application (spelling, grammar, organization, etc.), the creativity and originality of the pitch, the recommendation of references, your potential to get your stories published in external media outlets, and the demonstrated quality of your previous work. will commit up to $20,000 to fund the top proposal: $15,000 as a stipend and up to $5,000 for reporting and travel costs. You will have three months for travel and research and three months for writing. You can work from anywhere in the world.

HOW TO APPLY: Visit our Apply page