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Fishers of Garogos: Livelihood and Resource Management in a Maluku Island, Indonesia

Soselisa, Hermien L. (2004). Fishers of Garogos: Livelihood and Resource Management in a Maluku Island, Indonesia. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press).

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Author Soselisa, Hermien L.
Title Fishers of Garogos: Livelihood and Resource Management in a Maluku Island, Indonesia
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2004
ISBN 9781876248840   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 145
Language English
Field of Research 1601 - Anthropology
0502 - Environmental Science and Management
Abstract Garogos is a small sand island barely rising above the sea off the eastern end of the large central Maluku Island of Seram. Unable to sustain agriculture, its 300-odd inhabitants are necessarily specialist fishermen. On the basis of her field-work in 1993 Hermien Soselisa paints a vivid picture of the precarious existence of the islanders as they struggle to secure their livelihood in the face of economic and ecological uncertainties. In Garagos, virtually everyone is a fisherman, exploiting a wide variety of marine resources, from shellfish and seaweed to sea slugs and deep ocean sharks. The sea provides food for daily subsistence as well as fish and other resources used in exchange for the products of agricultural communities in nearby islands. The Garogos islanders also depend upon the sale of their catch to earn money to buy other necessities of life. Soselisa provides insights into the customary marine tenure rights claimed by islanders, their varied strategies of dealing with the problems of meeting the subsistence needs of the household and the vagaries of the commercial market for sea resources. She also explores the sustainability of fishing in the face of market pressures and the depredations of commercial operations within the customary domain of Garogos islanders. The book is a valuable case study of an isolated and impoverished community that is nonetheless dependent upon the outside world for its very existence. This work adds to our understanding of artisanal fishing communities an d indigenous systems of natural resource management in general as well as to our knowledge of eastern Indonesia in particular. Hermien L Soselisa is an anthropolog ist with the Maluku Studies Centre at Pattimura University in Ambon, eastern Indonesia. She is a graduate of Gadja Mada University and gained an MA degree in Anthropology from the Northern Territory University in Darwin. She also holds a PhD from the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University). Hermien is the author of a number of articles and chapters on natural resource management. The manuscript for this book was completed while she was a Research Associate of the Centre for Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management at Northern Territory University.
Keyword Indigenous; Anthropology
Southeast Asia
Environment & NRM
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