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Indonesia

Indonesian one-by-one tuna fishers celebrate their catch © Paul Hilton & IPNLF

In volume terms, Indonesia is the world’s biggest tuna fishing nation and home to a number of burgeoning one-by-one fisheries. Since 2012, IPNLF has been working with partners to bring industry, government and scientists closer together to ensure that the one-by-one fisheries are developed in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner. Today, thanks to the progressive attitude of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), the Government of Indonesia is focused on promoting and expanding its small-scale fisheries, including its pole-and-line and handline sectors. This collaborative project is set to provide multifaceted benefits to the wellbeing of coastal communities, both economical and social, as well as ensure the longevity of the marine environmental.

We work with MMAF to improve Indonesia’s fisheries governance through measures such as strengthening management systems, effort controls and enforcement strategies. At the same time, we continue to grow market interest and demand for Indonesia’s pole-and-line and handline tuna products, part of which comes from bringing international players, including buyers, to Indonesia and encouraging them to foster much closer contact with local producers.

Since 2012, the Indonesian one-by-one tuna fisheries have been engaged in a discrete Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), with the goal of achieving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. IPNLF has been working with partners Asosiasi Perikanan Pole&Line dan Handline (AP2HI) and Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) to advance the Indonesian pole-and-line and handline tuna fisheries towards MSC certification. To learn more about this significant collaborative project, please see out FIP page.

This video gives a flavour of one-by-one tuna fishing in Bitung, Indonesia

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