Maluku, Sasi Laut, local map; depths and LMMA areas

*Working through traditional authorities for fisheries management

- Indonesia has a history of traditional community-based resource management systems going as far back as the 14th century. In Maluku province, it is the Sasi Laut. Sasi Laut is based on the traditional Adat authority. Through the Kewang, village authorities enforce local fishing regulations, control access to key areas, and resolve disputes between fishermen for the waters in their immediate areas. These traditional systems can provide many lessons learned for how people in the region have managed their natural resources in the past. But, perhaps more importantly, these traditional authority structures can provide a means through which to develop partnerships between government and traditional fishers to provide direction for managing natural resources in the future.

Google Earth KMZ file

See also the Panglima Laot in Aceh, Awig-awig in Lombok Utara and Tanjung Luar, Suaka Perikanan in South Kalimantan, Lubuk Larangan, Lebak Lubung, Maawu Dabau, Ikan Larangan, Ikan Diniatkan in West Sumatra, Punggawa-sawi and Mane’e/Mani’o in Sulawesi, Lika telo in Lamalera, Tara Bandu in Timor Leste and others.