Indonesia hosts first pole-and-line tuna workshop

Commercial sector, government and other stakeholders attend Indonesia's first workshop addressing the economic and social benefits of the pole and line fishery.
One-by-one fishing in Indonesia. © Paul Hilton & IPNLF

Indonesia has always been a pole-and-line tuna producing country, but interest in this traditional catching method has decreased over the last decade in favour of purse seine fishing. This is because of the larger volumes of fish that are caught using the latter fishing method.

While pole-and-line fishing is still widely practiced in Indonesia, the country’s fishing industry does not distinguish between pole-and-line and purse seine tuna. As a result, it is believed a large proportion of pole-and-line tuna ends up being sold as purse seine.

However, it is widely accepted that the growing international demand for pole-and-line tuna could be of invaluable benefit to Indonesia’s fishery, coastal communities and the country’s overall economy.

The ‘Pole and Line and Handline Tuna Development in Eastern Indonesia Business Forum’ , being held at the Red Top Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September, has been organised by Indonesia’s Ministry for Regional Development (KPDT), the Ministry of Fisheries and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF).

The commercial fishing industry along with tuna brands and retailers have been invited to join this important meeting, which will also be attended by Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, Ministry of Public Works and the relevant port authorities.

“Pole-and-line fishing is the most environmentally and socially desirable method of catching tuna. It requires minimal investment, which is appropriate for Indonesia’s poor coastal communities, and it requires more fishermen than other catching methods. This workshop is an ideal opportunity to get everyone together around the table to establish a common goal,” said Rusnadi Padjung, Deputy Assistant for Investment, KPDT.

“We are hoping for two things: Firstly, that this will become an annual event that grows each year; and secondly, that one of the agreed outputs will be the election of a working group, which will be made up of industry, market and government members, who together will help structure the country’s tuna development plan.

“We expect the working group will meet twice a year to discuss forward strategies. Its role will also include expanding the Public Private People Partnership (P4) as well as raising funds and awareness about the Indonesian pole-and-line fishery,” said Rusnadi Padjung.

Fisheries generate between 4 and 5 percent of Indonesia's GDP and provide employment for 6 to 7 percent of the national workforce. Capture fisheries account for approximately half of these figures. Fisheries are of particular importance to coastal areas and in the more remote eastern parts of Indonesia.

KPDT has made it a priority to enhance its activities in the fishery sector. Tuna was selected for its export potential and value. The ministry intends to initiate a number of projects that will support coastal communities that depend on the tuna fishery

Notes to Editors

  1. The Ministry for Regional Development (KPDT) has the core mandate to support disadvantaged, border, remote and post-conflict areas, which is one of the 11 national priorities contained in the current Five Year Development Plan (RPJM). Disadvantaged areas are defined as “a district where the population and region is relatively underdeveloped compared to other regions”, measured by (1) economic development, (2) human resources, (3) infrastructure, (4) fiscal capacity, (5) accessibility, and (6) regional characteristics.
  2. KPDT is tasked to lift 50 districts out of poverty by 2014.
  3. KPDT is a coordinative ministry, i.e. it does not have representation at provincial and district level. Instead, it works in partnerships with local government, line ministries and other partners, delivering programmes in the field of education, health care, food security and economic development in disadvantaged areas.
  4. For its economic activities, KPDT applies a flexible approach, whereby it tries to link the needs of disadvantaged communities with opportunities that present themselves in the national and global economy. It thereby uses different strategies, such as improving the quality of human resources, optimizing the use of scarce resources, initiating income-generating activities in disadvantaged areas, stimulating investment in the regional economy and infrastructure development in disadvantaged areas.
  5. The International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to help develop sustainable and equitable pole-and-line fisheries and to increase the market share of sustainably and equitably caught pole-and-line tuna. The Foundation, which was launched in April 2012, is officially registered in the UK and has a branch office in the Maldives. Starting with Indonesia in 2013, the IPNLF will set up country branches wherever it is operating to offer local knowledge, expertise and a go-to desk for support with development. The IPNLF is a hub for likeminded people and commercial operations that want to support the sustainable and equitable development of pole-and-line tuna. Membership is open to everyone from individual fisheries to communities and markets.
  6. The commercial benefit for brands and retailers to support IPNLF and pole-and-line fishing is that they will be able to better manage their brand security and development by gaining access to these sustainable tuna resources. IPNLF will help these commercial stakeholders work together with fishing communities on establishing a product that meets their consumer requirements as well as their own seafood category growth expectations. And the benefit for environmentally-informed end-consumer is that they will be given the choice to buy safe, sustainable products that contribute to improving the health of marine ecosystems as well as the livelihoods of struggling fishing communities.
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