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New $20,000 reporting grant: The state of marine fisheries in Indonesia announces new $20,000 environmental reporting grant: the state of marine fisheries in Indonesia.

After kicking off the Special Reporting Initiatives program last month, is announcing a call for applications for its newest topic: the state of marine fisheries in Indonesia.

Fisheries in the Western Pacific are often poorly managed, leading to over-exploitation and economic losses that especially affect small fishing communities, yet the state of fisheries in some regions remains poorly known. Specifically in Indonesia, weak governance and elite capture are believed to be important factors in overfishing, but the actual state of and trends in fisheries management are less well understood.

This Special Reporting Initiative (SRI) will ask: what is the current state of fisheries in Indonesia and the potential for the improvement of both management and policy in the near future? will commit up to $20,000 to fund the top proposal: $15,000 as a stipend and up to $5,000 for reporting and travel costs. The fellow, who will be selected by an independent panel that consists of six journalists and issue-area experts, will have three months for travel and research and three months for writing. He or she can work from anywhere in the world.

The Application Deadline for this SRI is November 15th, 2013.

Last month Mongabay’s new non-profit announced its first reporting project: Innovation in tropical biodiversity conservation, which also promises $20,000 in support. The application window for that SRI will close on September 30th, 2013.

The Special Reporting Initiatives program enables professional journalists to conduct in-depth reporting on a specific issue that may be otherwise overlooked or underreported by the broader media. SRI fellows are given the funding and support to become issue area experts, adding value to their own career and contributing to the wider conversation regarding the state of our natural world. expects to announce a new SRI every few months. You can sign up here to receive an email each time a new opportunity opens.

Future SRIs* Include:

For more information about this SRI, the Special Reporting Initiatives program, or on how to apply, please visit the SRI homepage.

* The SRIs on the list above are all tentative and subject to change.

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