Small-scale fisheries in Indonesia: benefits o households, the roles of women, and opportunities for improving livelihoods

Small-scale fisheries in Indonesia: benefits o households, the roles of women, and opportunities for improving livelihoods


The overall aims of this project are to review information and methodologies for evaluating the contribution of small-scale fisheries (SSF) and aquaculture to household livelihoods in coastal communities of Indonesia and to review the roles of women in SSF. 

It will also investigate cases where attempts have been made to enhance the livelihoods of SSF communities by strengthening or diversifying existing livelihoods or introducing alternative ones. The effectiveness of initiatives to enhance SSF livelihoods and their impact on women will be evaluated.

We will collate and examine research findings from a number of past studies to:

1) Develop an understanding of the significance of SSF in Indonesia and women’s roles in these fisheries;

2) Describe success factors in developing enhanced coastal livelihoods of SSF communities through mechanisms to strengthen, diversify or find alternative livelihoods,

3) Identify opportunities where livelihoods may be strengthened, diversified or alternatives developed, and

4) Document knowledge gaps and future research needs.

This research will build knowledge, inform applied research approaches and identify gaps in research training for understanding the contribution of SSF and aquaculture to enhancing coastal livelihoods.

The key outcomes from this research will be an improved understanding of the nature and benefits of SSF to local communities in general and to women in particular, and the opportunities (and constraints) in developing livelihood improvement strategies.

The study is collating and evaluating research findings from a number of past livelihood development and fisheries studies in coastal communities. It will also identify specific opportunities for research and development to improve livelihoods (e.g., of men and women as producers, fishers, processors, traders), reduce vulnerability, and maintain food security and the nutritional benefits of fish within rural contexts in Indonesia. 

The project is funded by the ACIAR Small Research Activity FIS FIS/2014/104 in partnership with Prof Neil Longeragan and Assoc Prof Carol Warren of Murdoch University, and Dr Budy Wirawan, Department of Marine FisheriesBogor Agricultural University, Indonesia with contributions from Dr Dedi Adhuri (Indonesian Institute of Sciences Research Centre for Society and Culture/ LIPI),  and Dr Ria Fitriana (RIEL/CDU).

Assoc Prof Natasha Stacey's picture
Assoc Prof Natasha Stacey
Natural resources-based livelihoods, Associate Professor

Primary research group

Natural Resources-Based Livelihoods


Doctor of Philosophy (Anthropology), Northern Territory University. Graduate Diploma of Museum Curatorship (Distinction), James Cook University. Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.