Case Study 4: Understanding shark and ray trade chains in Indonesia
Indonesia is the world’s largest shark and ray fishery, but the nature and magnitude of the domestic and international trade chains are poorly understood. This case study involves understanding different stages of Indonesia’s shark and ray trade chain, from exploitation to consumption, and including both legal and illegal trade, 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 ray products, in Indonesia and internationally?
- 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 total size of the illegal trade network and volumes of trade. 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.
Collaborators: Dwi Adhiasto, Hollie Booth, Sofia Mardiah, Yunita Setyorini, Nuruliawati Yuwono
Collaborating organisation: Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia