Benefits of Sasi for Conservation of Marine Resources in Raja Ampat, Papua

  • Paulus Boli Graduate School of Bogor Agricultural University, Dramaga Main Road, Campus IPB Dramaga, Bogor, Indonesia 16680
  • Fredinan Yulianda Department of Aquatic Resources Management, Faculty of Fishery and Marine Science, Bogor Agricultural University, Academic Ring Road, Campus IPB Dramaga, Bogor, Indonesia 16680
  • Ario Damar Department of Aquatic Resources Management, Faculty of Fishery and Marine Science, Bogor Agricultural University, Academic Ring Road, Campus IPB Dramaga, Bogor, Indonesia 16680
  • Dedi Soedharma Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Fishery and Marine Science, Bogor Agricultural University, Academic Ring Road, Campus IPB Dramaga, Bogor, Indonesia 16680
  • Rilus Kinseng Departemen of Communication Science and Community Development, Faculty of Human Ecology, Bogor Agricultural University, Academic Ring Road, Campus IPB Dramaga, Bogor, Indonesia 16680
Keywords: sasi, traditional management, benefits, conservation

Abstract

Residents of Raja Ampat, Papua, have been practicing sasi for generations to manage local marine resources. Recognizing its importance for marine resource conservation, efforts have been made to integrate sasi into current conservation management approach. This study was carried out with 3 objectives: (1) to define and elaborate sasi; (2) to examine the benefits of sasi for conservation of marine resources; and (3) to evaluate  the change of sasi  in the context of conservation. Multi-method approaches were employed to collect data from local communities in Dampier Strait District MPA in two separate sampling periods. Results indicated that sasi in Raja Ampat could generally be categorized into samson or kabus which basically reflect different aspects such as location, type of commodity, implementing ceremony, period of closure, the influence of monsoons, and communal ownership. The benefits identified included the increase in target fish production, the lowered level of exploitation, the improved recovery of fish stocks, and the increase in the local people's income. From the modern conservation management point of view, it was obvious that sasi could help protect and sustain marine biological resources. Therefore, it is essential to incorporate sasi into modern conservation management practices and vice versa.


Published
2014-09-10
How to Cite
Boli, P., Yulianda, F., Damar, A., Soedharma, D., & Kinseng, R. (2014). Benefits of Sasi for Conservation of Marine Resources in Raja Ampat, Papua. Jurnal Manajemen Hutan Tropika, 20(2), 131-139. Retrieved from http://journal.ipb.ac.id/index.php/jmht/article/view/8446
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