Hosted by WWF Indonesia in collaboration with the
Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries through the
Directorate of Overseas Marketing
SANTIKA HOTEL – BOGOR
11 – 12 MAY 2015
Since 2011, a meeting of the Indonesian National Tuna Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) has been held each year. The two day workshop in Bogor, which is a part of a this routine agenda, was conducted and attended by representatives of the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), The Longline Tuna Association (ATLI), Indonesian Pole and Line and Handline Fisheries Association (APHI), Sea Delight LLC (Member of Seafood Savers), Indonesian Society and Fisheries (MDPI) and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), among others. The purpose of the workshop was to 1) review the status of the Tuna FIP Action Plan based on the MSC standard for Indonesian Tuna Fisheries, 2014 – 2015 and 2) identify deficiencies and solutions for Indonesian Tuna Fisheries Management in order to qualify for MSC ecolabel certification in the future.
MSC certification would be a win-win answer to the demand of major market players in the world, especially in the EU and USA, for sustainable tuna from Indonesia. Realizing the value of the MSC Ecolabel to the export market in Western Europe, USA and Australia, The MMAF, in collaboration with WWF-Indonesia, is now actively seeking to facilitate a MSC certification for the Indonesian tuna fishery.
The MSC pre-assessment, conducted by Poseidon Consulting, was started in December 2009 and completed in June 2010. The pre- assessment was conducted for skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna, caught using handline, pole and line, longline, troll line, purse seine > 30GT, purse seine < 30 GT and gill net, in Indonesian waters. As a result of this pre-assessment a step-by-step Action Plan was completed in 2011. In 2012-2013 milestones and records of activities to monitor progress were added to this document.
As a demonstration of its commitment to fisheries management, Indonesia became a member of IOTC (2007), CCSBT (2008) and WCPFC (2013). Furthermore, Indonesia has adopted WCPFC and IOTC reference points and included these as input into the FIP Action Plan.
- WCPFC and IOTC Reference points adopted (LRPs), with a move to TRPs
- A national commitment to establish a harvest strategy for all commercial tuna fisheries including Archipelagic Waters
- Strengthening of national data collection systems
- Strengthening of national laws, decision making processes and consultastion
- Development of a National Tuna Action Plan
Participants (Government, Stakeholders, NGO’s and Associations)
Since 2013 19 of a total of 50 milestones have been achieved and more to come
Since 2013, 19 of the total 50 milestones have been achieved. As a result of the 2015 meeting several more of the 31 milestones are under review and expect to be amended to achieve status.
One of the speakers, General Director of Processing and Marketing of Fishery Product, Saut Hutagalung, said that there are three major important issues among many others for establishing long term sustainability: 1, Harvest control rules 2, compatible rules in Indonesia waters and live bait issues. Adding more to his speech, he also pointed out that all parties going through the MSC process or involved in the process for sustainable fisheries, should work hand in hand to make it happen.
The MMAF and the Indonesian Government are now fully committed to sustainability for Indonesian fisheries. MMAF representatives at the meeting expressed full support for the Action Plan and are indeed working hand in hand with WWF Indonesia and other stakeholders to achieve the goal of MSC certification.
Sea Delight, LLC, as a major importer and distributor of Indonesian tuna, is directly involved in the Indonesian Tuna FIP via the Sea Delight Ocean Fund and an active partner in WWF Indonesia Seafood Savers. Sea Delight still continue to make a progress for the Indonesian Tuna FIP and expand its efforts to other sources of tuna supply in Indonesia.
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