Integrated Marine and Fisheries Center and priority for product intensification in East Sumba, Indonesia
The main composition of fishery's economy in Indonesia is small-scale fishery who rely on traditional capture fisheries management, likewise in East Sumba Regency. However, from the potential side, East Sumba waters have great resources besides capture fisheries. Thus, research is conducted to identify strategic products existing in East Sumba, Indonesia, and to calculate the level of economic impact for the regional economy and labour absorption. The method used in this research is a qualitative descriptive method using multiplier effect analysis and business feasibility analysis. The results of the study show that seaweed, capture fisheries, freshwater farming, salt, artemia, and tourism have the potential as economic prime-mover of small-scale fishery in East Sumba. Seaweed has the highest business feasibility, followed by capture fisheries, and freshwater farming as a third. Meanwhile, salt, artemia cultivation and marine tourism have lower business feasibility and still need further development in the trial phase. With the addition of a formal management institutional mechanism called the Integrated Marine and Fisheries Center (IMFC) by the government all of these resources can be managed integrally and efficiently, with high quality and acceleration so that the regional economy can be leveraged including the welfare of the small-scale fishers.