82% of the world’s fisheries are over-exploited and under-managed, despite more than 20 international treaties protecting global fish stocks. For all their best intentions, policymakers’ focus on controlling inputs and outputs — such as the number of fishing vessels permitted or maximum catch limits for specific species — does not discourage over-fishing. Instead, as seen in The End of the Line at November’s Impact Chat, the problem is merely shifted as fishers use larger vessels and overexploit less regulated species.
Social enterprises protect the livelihoods of millions of people that work in fishing and related industries, while simultaneously protecting fish stocks and oceans. Shujog helps social entrepreneurs in Asia bring their innovative business models to market, and is currently conducting an Impact Assessment for a sustainable fisheries enterprise in Indonesia. During the visit, Shujog is gathering data on how the business improves the lives of local fishing communities, protects the environment, and sustains the livelihoods of Indonesian fishermen by improving supply chain efficiency and working closely with local marine conservation and microfinance initiatives. Shujog contextualizes the work of the enterprise in terms of local social and environmental challenges to help the enterprise communicate its impact effectively and improve accountability to its stakeholders. Support social enterprises like this one by becoming an Impact Partner!