On the 19th August, representatives from 12 AP2HI member companies gathered in Bitung, Indonesia for the inaugural Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop. The workshop was opened by Mr M. Abduh Nurhidayat, Secretary of the Directorate General of Capture Fisheries, Mr. Frits P. Lesnussa, Head of Bitung Fishing Port, Mrs Liesje Macawalang, Head of Marine and Fisheries Agency Bitung, and Mr Agus Budhiman, Secretary General of AP2HI.
This workshop was organised with support from Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) and Minisrty of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) training centres. The IPNLF Indonesia team was also joined by Martin Purves, IPNLF Fisheries Development Director, Dr. Alice Miller, IPNLF Social Research and Programme Director, Ian Scott, IPNLF Special Advisor, and Dr. Tony Lewis, IPNLF Trustee.
The objective of the workshop was to increase participants’ knowledge of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification and fisheries improvement project (FIP) processes and equip them with learning tools and resources to take back to their companies. Training focussed on five thematic areas: sustainable fisheries; product quality and handling; bait handling; safety at sea and the MSC standard and certification process.
Throughout the week, the trainees engaged in lively discussions around the workshop themes, with many expressing enthusiasm toward applying their new knowledge in their companies. To facilitate this, AP2HI’s ToT team helped them devise a training strategy for transferring lessons learnt back to their companies. Through a strategy of ‘training trainers’, the target is to have 500 fishers across the country trained by the end of the year. This will help Indonesia’s pole-and-line and hand-line fishers improve the sustainability, quality and profitability of their tuna catches.
Mrs Sri Dyah Retnowati Suseno Putri, Head of the Sub-Directorate for Capture Fisheries Data and Statistics, said, “Accurate and timely fishery data is vital to inform fishery management and policy. I am glad to see that AP2HI’s training program incorporates logbook and data collection procedures, and this will help to improve sustainable tuna fisheries management in Indonesia.”
The workshop also coincided with the ceremony of the Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI) vessel registration system. A plaque containing a unique vessel identifier was affixed to two pole-and-line vessels by Mr Nurhidayat and Mr Lesnussa, and henceforth will enable enumerators and inspectors to check vessel information using a smart phone. These two vessels add to the 70 pole-and-line vessels and 460 hand-line vessels already registered, which are being prepared for registration on the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) regional ProActive Vessel Registry (PVR).
Mr Dicky Priambada, Section Head of the Directorate of Fishery Resource Management Analysis said “Vessel registration is a priority objective of Indonesia’s National Plan of Action for Tuna. This collaboration with the pole-and-line and hand-line tuna fishery, via AP2HI, will help us to achieve this goal more quickly.”
Andrew Harvey, IPNLF Indonesia Programme Director said, “A sustainable fishery not only requires sustainable practices to be adopted, but also sustainable ways of sharing skills and knowledge. The Training of Trainers program puts resources and tools into the hands of fishers, helping to improve fishery information, product quality and handling, and safety at sea, and assisting AP2HI and its members to prepare for international certification schemes.”
This was the first in a series of Training of Trainers workshops that will be taking place in Indonesia and the Maldives. Working collaboratively AP2HI, IPNLF, MDPI, Fishermen’s Training and Community Centre (FCTC), and Maldives Research Centre (MRC), and Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MoAF), aim to empower fishers by providing them with the skills and knowledge to improve their fisheries social, economic and environmental sustainability.