Robust fisheries management strategy must be based upon concrete data and sound evidence. To support the collection of biological fishery catch data, IPNLF’s partner Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline (AP2HI) has been working to improve the condition of port sampling.
Port sampling provides data on catch composition, including target and bycatch species, contributing to MSC Principle 1 and 2 assessments (and therefore towards the Indonesian tuna Fishery Improvement Project). The collected data is submitted by AP2HI to the Indonesian Government to inform management planning and contribute to Indonesia’s data reporting obligations to Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs).
The information, which is mostly used in regional stock assessment work, provides periodic independent verification and validation of fishing company's self-reported data. To ensure that the self-reported data is accurate, enumerators that have been trained portside sampling validate the size, length and species catch composition data.