The world’s relationship with its fisheries, whose products are traded and consumed on as massive a scale as just about any commodity, is undergoing rapid change. Despite its magnitude, however, the sector remains underreported, its intricacies little understood.
Over the next 18 months, Mongabay will commission scores of articles on fisheries from journalists across the globe, with a special focus on Indonesia, whose oceans span one eighth of the world’s circumference and whose new president seeks to strengthen the country’s identity as a “maritime nation.” These will examine a variety of aspects of the sector, many of which have not been closely considered. Below is a list of question prompts, a series of topics about which reporters and analysts are invited to pitch sharply-focused stories. If a topic does not appear below, you can still propose a story about it, but note that we’re primarily focused on fisheries issues in Indonesia.
All articles published on Mongabay under this initiative will carry a Creative Commons license to encourage reproduction in other media. Journalists will receive a bonus if they reach out and persuade an outlet with at least 50,000 unique monthly visitors to republish their piece. All journalists will be paid by the word. Mongabay has limited funds for travel, which would be available in a minority of cases where outputs may include articles placed in high-profile third party media outlets.
Learn more about this opportunity and send us your pitch.