Friday May 10, 2013

Sustaining Indonesian Fishing Communities

Islamic Relief is supporting fishing communities in Indonesia through the introduction of sustainable fishing.

Since 2010 we have been running a fishing support project in Sinkil and Simeulue and are now extending the project so that the community will sustain improved fishing methods when the project ends.

We are currently building sustainable fish nurseries, providing feed for grouper fish, and establishing fish cooperatives and links with local and regional markets. We are also providing a generator and establishing fishing groups for local fishermen and women.

Over the last three years we have also constructed a fishing jetty on Haloban Island, provided over 100 deep and shallow fishing devices, repaired 24 boats, 45 offshore cultivation systems, restored two sections of an ice storage warehouse, trained fishermen in different fishing skills and began breeding grouper fish.

This project was funded by Multi Donor Fund (MDF) as part of the Aceh development scheme which aims to reduce poverty by offering sustainable economic support and skills for local livelihoods.

Islamic Relief first began working in Indonesia in 2003 and supports communities by providing socio-economic development, water and sanitation, education, orphan, disaster preparedness and emergency response. We supported vulnerable communities in Indonesia with life-saving aid during the 2004 tsunami, the 2006 Java earthquake, and the 2009 Sumatra earthquake.

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