Indonesian pole-and-line FIP update: new staff, workshops, NTMP, ICTBF4 and more!

Over the last few months, a lot of progress has been made on the Indonesian pole-and-line Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP)!

Over the last few months, a lot of progress has been made on the Indonesian pole-and-line Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP)!  The FIP has been in operation since 2012, and aims to establish Marine Stewardship Council certification for the fishery.  The client of the FIP is Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI), and is supported by the International Pole & Line Foundation.

Here’s a summary of the work that we have been involved with over the last few months in driving forward Indonesia’s pole-and-line FIP.

Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI)

AP2HI (Indonesia’s pole-and-line and hand-line fisheries association) has continued to gain members, now standing at 14 companies, representing 70% of the pole-and-line and hand-line sector in Indonesia. This commitment from industry shows the ever-growing support for fisheries development and the goal of Marine Stewardship Council certification throughout the supply chain in Indonesia.

As a result of this, AP2HI’s staff underwent in-depth MSC training with Cassie Liesk (MSC FIP Engagement Manager), including case-study examples of other comparable fisheries that have already achieved certification as well as insights into MSC Principal 1, 2 and 3. This training means that AP2HI as a whole has a greater understanding of the practical obstacles that need to be overcome in order to achieve MSC certification for the pole-and-line and hand-line fisheries.

International Pole & Line Foundation gains new staff

Andrew Harvey, our new Country Manager for Indonesia, has been greatly involved in the management and processing of the FIP, and has been doing an excellent job in representing IPNLF in Indonesia. In addition we have hired Agus A. Budhiman as a Special Advisor for Indonesia; Agus’ knowledge of Indonesian fisheries is a great boost to our in-house expertise.

AP2HI have also gained Tita Nopitawati as their Fisheries Improvement Program Director as a dedicated member of staff for driving the FIPs forward.

Workshops and expertise

A number of workshops have taken place over the last few months to discuss current issues in the fisheries, including baitfish management and tuna stock management. These workshops have allowed greater outreaching with Indonesian regional management, processors and fishers, and have resulted in a number of recommendations to aid progress towards MSC, including widespread application of the precautionary principle, providing training on livebait handling and storage, and protection of critical habitats.

Equally, Indonesia’s government finalised the National Tuna Management Plan, created from many months of multi-stakeholder input. The aim of the document is to improve national management and harvesting strategies in the tuna fisheries, in order to improve likelihood of gaining MSC certification. Many of the recommendations also came from the workshop “Accommodating Harvest Control Strategies in Artisanal Tuna Fisheries in Indonesia and Initial Consideration of Allocation Issues” attended by a group of expert advisors, facilitated through IPNLF’s FIP activities. The National Tuna Management Plan has now been published, which you can view here [link].

Planning and collaboration

As FIPs are multi-stakeholder collaborations, staff members from IPNLF, AP2HI, Yayasan Masyarakat Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) and Fishing & Living/ANOVA have been working closely together to ensure that the FIP meets its targets and results are shared publicly.  At the end of January staff from all four organisations met for a two-day long meeting to ensure that the FIP continues to run at full steam. Many important topics were discussed, including several upcoming projects, which you will be able to read about over the next few months – so remember to follow us on social media or sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest FIP developments!

What’s next?

Fisheries consultant Richard Banks is due to visit the FIP in May later this year to review the FIP’s annual progress.

The first meeting of the newly established FIP Steering Committee will be held in the next couple of months, involving not just staff from the aforementioned organisations but also staff members from a number of governmental institutions. This will help ensure not only FIP progress but that the recommendations made by the National Tuna Management Plan are being adhered to.

Further research on baitfish monitoring from Dr. Tony Lewis, and subsequent implementation of recommendations in the field are currently undergoing. A Technical Report documenting Dr. Lewis’ findings will be available in the coming months through the IPNLF website.

The fourth International Coastal Tuna Business Forum will be held May 26-27th at the Nusa Dua Convention Centre in Bali – we look forward to seeing you there.