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Lida Pet-Soede

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worried mother, passionate marine conservationist, relaxed diver

MPAs for Fish Fillets in the Coral Triangle (2)

A recent Asia Development Bank report estimates that some 4.9 million people work as fishers across a selection of the Asia Pacific region (the Coral Triangle countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor L’Este). Between 2007 and 2009, seafood constituted approximately 20 percent of the animal protein consumed in Coral Triangle…

How Much Do Whale Sharks Cost?

The sun was still high in the sky as we made our way to the first lift net boat. The fishers, who had been resting after nights of fishing, indicated that there was indeed a whale shark swimming under their platform and got a few bags of small anchovies to feed the whale shark as…

“Do Not Run” reads the bear safety sign at the end of my early morning run around the lodge in the Grand Teton National Park in Northwest Wyoming.

“Do Not Run” reads the bear safety sign at the end of my early morning run around the lodge in the Grand Teton National Park in Northwest Wyoming. “Too late”, I thought, but I won’t ever do it again, indeed. Over the years, I have read many newspaper stories about tourists mauled by big wildlife,…

“Where is the FAD” asks my colleague. “WE ARE the FAD”, I yell as we swim back quickly to the boat.

“Where is the FAD” asks my colleague. “WE ARE the FAD”, I yell as we swim back quickly to the boat. The bait fish are too small for sharks, I told him just a minute earlier as he voiced my own worry about the possible presence of large predators with sharp teeth. And then my…

What if Conservation Were the Default for the Ocean?

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are part of the management toolbox that can ensure sustainable use of the oceans and provide the world with fish proteins. Yet, even as benefits of MPAs related to food security, ecosystem services, and livelihoods are known, we currently fail on our commitments to protect 10% of the oceans by 2020.…

MPAs for Fish Fillets: A Double-take on Indonesian Fisheries Management

The two whale sharks turned around to face me, opened their huge mouths and sieved the water filled with tiny baby anchovies. I had to tell myself that they would not bite, but I also remembered these are sharks, not whales and moved out of their path to avoid getting bumped into. It was the…

Overfishing in Indonesia? What Do You Mean: I Don’t See Any Fishers!

Yes, I am lucky. I have been able to sail the waters of Eastern Indonesia over nearly 20 years, and I have dipped underwater, swimming around some incredible lagoons, reefs, and seamounts. When people ask me where to see some remote coasts I say, go anywhere east. Staring at a coastline from a boat anywhere…