One-by-one tuna fishery, Bitung, Indonesia. © Paul Hilton & IPNLF
The Indonesian Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) covers pole-and-line and handline fisheries targeting both yellowfin and skipjack tuna in the Indian and Pacific Ocean, plus associated archipelagic and territorial waters. The aim of this FIP is to improve the Indonesian one-by-one tuna fishery’s sustainability and to meet the criteria for MSC certification, which will provide access to market for the local fishers and also meet the demand of retailers seeking sustainable products.
The client and primary driver of the FIP is the recently formed Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line Dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI), industry association that acts as a unified voice for the pole-and-line and handline tuna industry. AP2HI was inaugurated in May 2014 by the Director General Capture Fisheries, Ministry of Marine affairs and Fisheries (MMAF).
The FIP Action Plan development was facilitated by IPNLF, in collaboration with other NGOs (including MDPI and WWF-Indonesia) and supported by AP2HI, with the overarching management issues falling to the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). Success of the FIP requires engagement with NGOs and government affiliate organisations.
The IPNLF Indonesian Pole-and-Line Tuna FIP is only one of several Indonesian FIPs; there are also the MDPI & ANOVA Hand Line Yellowfin Tuna FIP and PT Intimas Surya Longline and Purse Seine Tuna FIP. These three FIPs all feed into the overarching WWF Indonesia Tuna FIP, to provide a holistic view of Indonesia’s tuna fisheries.