Ellie Matthew – October 2023
SFACT’s scholar Yoga P. Jagaraga embarked on his PhD studies this October at the University of Lincoln, under the supervision of Dr Mercedes Rosello and Prof. Richard Barnes. His project title is: Impact of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Fisheries Subsidies Agreement for Indonesia: can Indonesia comply to the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement if it were ratified?
Yoga has worked as a civil servant in the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, where his skills were focussed mainly on devising policies and drafting regulations for the Indonesian government. He noticed that there is a connection between his work and the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement: an agreement that prohibits harmful fisheries subsidies which are a key factor in the widespread depletion of the world’s fish stocks. Yoga states that because the Indonesian government is still providing subsidies for fisheries business actors, it is important to determine whether the subsidies that Indonesia are currently providing fall into the criteria of those subsidies that are prohibited under the agreement.
Yoga’s research will aim to determine whether Indonesia is able to comply with the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement, and how ratification of this agreement will impact Indonesian government policy. This research will help to determine the best way for the Indonesian government to deal with the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement.