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Wildmeat or Bushmeat? Subsistence Hunting and Commercial Harvesting in Papua (West New Guinea), Indonesia

Pangau-Adam, Margaretha, Noske, Richard A. and Muehlenberg, Michael (2012). Wildmeat or Bushmeat? Subsistence Hunting and Commercial Harvesting in Papua (West New Guinea), Indonesia. Human Ecology (New York): an interdisciplinary journal,40(4):611-621.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 82057923xPUB270
Title Wildmeat or Bushmeat? Subsistence Hunting and Commercial Harvesting in Papua (West New Guinea), Indonesia
Author Pangau-Adam, Margaretha
Noske, Richard A.
Muehlenberg, Michael
Journal Name Human Ecology (New York): an interdisciplinary journal
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 40
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0300-7839   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84864538092
Start Page 611
End Page 621
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication New York USA
Publisher Springer
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract It is well known that wild game provides a significant proportion of the dietary protein of the indigenous people of the eastern half of New Guinea (PNG), but almost nothing is known of its importance in the western half (the Indonesian province of Papua or Irian Jaya). We quantified hunting effort, harvest rates and wild meat consumption and sale in the Jayapura region of north-east Papua through interviews with 147 hunters from 21 villages and meal surveys in 93 households. Ten species of mammals, seven species of birds and at least two species of reptiles were harvested in our study area, but the introduced wild pig and rusa deer were the major target species. Hunting in our study area has shifted from a purely subsistence activity towards a more commercial form at least partly due to the emergence of markets created by Indonesian transmigrants. Although the hunting of non-indigenous and certain native species might be sustainable, the maintenance of populations of large threatened species will require sensitive management.
Keywords Wildmeat
Bushmeat
Rusa deer
Sustainable hunting
Tropical forests
Threatened species
Irian Jaya
Papua Indonesia
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10745-012-9492-5   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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