Participatory approaches are often misused by national governments to conserve their interests in natural resource management. This is confirmed in the application of Rote Island’s customary fisheries to manage the Sawu Sea Marine Protected Area, Indonesia, with foreign donors’ support. Jermi found that Rote Island’s customary fisheries, or hohorok, possess principles of modern fishing practices, justifying its application to the protected area. However, hohorok failed to address Rote Island’s fisheries problems. Changes in the local contexts, such as social and politics aspects, complicate hohorok re-application. Most importantly, Indonesian government revived hohorok to re-gain control over fisheries management, instead of empowering customary fishers to produce winners and losers in fisheries management and marginalised other levels of government. Jermi will explain his research and implications for collaboration between different government tiers and organisations with customary fishers to address the region’s fisheries problems.
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