Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) has today announced the fourth International Coastal Tuna Business Forum, taking place 26-27th May 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Supported by the International Pole & Line Foundation, the event reflects Indonesia’s goal to strengthen its position as a global leader in the supply of sustainably sourced tuna to world markets.
The theme of ICTBF will embrace the words of the newly elected President of Indonesia during his inauguration speech, “Jalesveva Jayamahe” or “in the sea we triumph”. Delegates can look forward to important commercial topics including international market opportunities and access requirements, as well as updates from fishery improvement projects (FIP) and information on Indonesia’s new National Tuna Management Plan (NTMP), scheduled to be published in early 2015.
ICTBF brings together representatives from all stages of the supply chain, including producers, processors, and retailers to share knowledge and information about the positive changes occurring in Indonesia’s tuna fisheries. Previous ICTBF events have been instrumental in driving Indonesia’s pole-and-line industry — the 2nd ICTBF saw the visioning of an industry association representing the interests of the pole-and-line sector, and Asosiasi Perikanan Pole-and-Line dan Hand Line Indonesia (AP2HI) was officially inaugurated at the 3rd ICTBF. AP2HI represents the shared voice of Indonesia’s pole-and-line and hand-line industry, and the organization is the client for the pole-and-line and hand-line FIP with the intention of attaining Marine Stewardship Council Certification.
John Burton, Chairman of IPNLF said “The International Coastal Tuna Business Forum is an incredibly important event because it promotes the hard work being done in these fishing communities, whose lifeblood is the tuna they catch. Ultimately, it helps ensure the future of many Indonesian people.”
The Republic of Indonesia’s Director General for Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing at MMAF, Hon. Saut Hutagalung commented: “On behalf of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, I want to express sincere appreciation to IPNLF for supporting the upcoming International Coastal Tuna Business Forum. We truly believe that both our continued collaboration and the forum itself are integral to the development of sustainable tuna fisheries in Indonesia. As the world’s largest tuna fishing nation, coastal tuna fisheries are a vital component of economic development through job creation, both direct and indirect. “
Additionally, IPNLF is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Harvey as its new Country Manager for Indonesia. Andrew will contribute to IPNLF’s overall strategy, and will oversee innovation in the traceability, sustainability and promotion of Indonesia’s pole-and-line sector. Andrew joins from USAID’s Indonesia Marine and Climate Support program, where he led the development of I-Fish, an innovative technology platform that is successfully driving public-private collaboration and improvements in product traceability within Indonesia’s fisheries.
Commenting on the new appointment, Andrew Bassford, IPNLF’s Director for Fisheries Development said, “Andrew brings valuable ideas, knowledge and relationships to IPNLF. We are very lucky to have him on board and driving our work in Indonesia, one of the largest pole-and-line tuna producing nations in the world and a key focus of IPNLF’s global strategy."
Harvey brings over 12 year’s experience within the fishery and marine sector, spanning government, NGO and private sector roles. He received a Master of Science (MSc) in Oceanography from the University of Southampton, and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Marine Biology from the University of Portsmouth.
Harvey stated, “I look forward to expanding IPNLF’s initiatives in Indonesia, as we look to assist our partners to develop their fisheries to become more sustainable, and their local communities to become more prosperous.”
IPNLF have been working in Indonesia since 2012, and recent achievements include identifying options to improve the sustainability of Indonesia’s baitfish fisheries, described in two recently published technical reports available from IPNLF.org. IPNLF works with AP2HI to support the Indonesian pole-and-line caught skipjack and yellowfin tuna Fisheries Improvement Project, part of a number of complementary Indonesian FIPs concurrently aiming towards MSC certification.