Case Study 4: Understanding shark, ray and songbird trade chains and characteristics in Indonesia
Indonesia is the world’s largest shark and ray fishery and the second highest country of globally-threatened bird species as well. The nature and magnitude of the domestic trade chains of sharks and rays as well as the characteristics of the demand for both songbirds and sharks are poorly understood. This case study involves understanding different stages of Indonesia’s sharks and rays trade chain, from exploitation to consumption, and including both legal and illegal trade. Moreover, an assessment of the current levels and characteristic of the demand for songbirds and sharks are included to inform conservation interventions and assess impacts.
Current research questions include:
- What is the magnitude of illegal shark and ray trade in Indonesia, and how has illegal trade changed as a result of law enforcement?
- Who are they key consumers of shark and songbird products, in Indonesia?
- What are consumer characteristics and motivations, and how can we design behaviour change interventions to encourage responsible consumption?
Intelligence and law enforcement data will be collected and collated, and data will be collated and used to estimate the volume of the trade and the total size of the illegal trade network and its dynamic. Pertinent consumer groups will be identified and profiled, with data collected on their characteristics and motivations. Lessons learned from other demand influencing campaigns will be used to inform conservation strategy development.
Researchers: Yunita Setyorini, Nuruliawati
Collaborators: Dwi Adhiasto, Hollie Booth, Sofia Mardiah
Collaborating organisation: Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia