This report outlines the South East Sulawesi seafood supply chain including live fish and lobster, processed abalone and sea cucumber and seaweed. The report is based on desk research as well as meetings with seafood market chain operators, traders and buyers which are reported as case studies. The author outlines the role of Makassar in South Sulawesi as the trading centre for seafood products. The seaweed case study highlights limitations and opportunities in the seaweed market chain including price discounts for high moisture content due to inadequate drying, quality improvement with improved cultivation techniques and location selection and lack of direct seaweed exports from Kendari port due to insufficient supply, lack of established relationships with importers, unsuitable infrastructure and control of exports by Makassar traders. The report concludes with an overview of seafood chain issues and opportunities, including strong export opportunities and development of regional branding; lack of market focus by fishermen; control of market power by traders; limited infrastructure at Kendari port; and a need for allied industry involvement in development programs.

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