Story posted December 04, 2012
Event date(s): December 01, 2012 — March 01, 2013
Tuesday, Feb 19 7:30 pm
Searles Hall Room 315
Jerry Knecht, Bowdoin class of 1976 is founder and president of North Atlantic Seafood, in Portland, Maine and PT Bali Seafood International in the Lesser Sundra region of Indonesia. Jerry will give a talk about his involvement with the development of sustainable fisheries in Indonesia
Due to the extreme remoteness and lack of infrastructure on Indonesia's islands, the region's fisheries have been protected from major development. The area has been fished mostly by individual fishermen in small boats. In the last decade, however, large collector boats have come to the area to buy whole fish- and this has increased unsustainable practices (use of gillnets, juveniles, fishtraps). North Atlantic, Inc, became interested in setting up mini processing plants in strategic locations on some islands. The plants supply ice to fishermen, and ship fish to Benoa, Indonesia for sale to markets. North Atlantic’s plan secures the company with a regular supply of high quality fish and provides a way for the region's local fishermen to get a premium price for fish they catch and handle in a proper manner. The company has received support from various NGO’s & institutions, including The Nature Conservancy, USAID, GMRI and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Sustainable Fisheries Group. North Atlantic, and its partners are conducting resource mapping of the region’s fisheries.