Statement from the National Fisheries Institute Crab Council on the Passing of Dr. Hawis Madduppa

WASHINGTON, DC – The Blue Swimming Crab sustainability community has lost a dedicated researcher, visionary leader and friend in Dr. Hawis Madduppa.

Dr. Hawis Madduppa served as Executive Director of the Indonesian Blue Swimming Crab Association (APRI) and led the work of the Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) there for nearly a decade. As Head of the Marine Biodiversity and Biosystematics Laboratories at the Agricultural University of Bogor, he has used his background in marine and fisheries management sciences to bring unparalleled technical expertise to the work of APRI’s FIP. With a focus on the ecology, biology and genetics of marine populations, his knowledge was extensive.

Hawis was a scientist at heart who understood the vital need for practical application of fisheries management and the effect the work could have, on the water and in communities. He has implemented sound strategies that have demonstrably improved the health of blue swimming crab stocks in Indonesia and around the world.

Quite often, the NFI Crab Council asked him to take on the toughest sustainability efforts, because we knew his focus and commitment were up to the task. His kind attitude, dedication and famous successes are a legacy for which we are all grateful.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

Ed Rhodes

Executive director