• The 5th Data Management Committee (DMC) in Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT)

    28 Jul 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI facilitated the regular DMC meeting for NTT Province on April 26 in T-More Hotel, Kupang. It was attended by the representatives of Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana, Universitas Muhammadiyah Kupang, Pengawas Perikanan, Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) NTT Province, Balai Konservasi Perairan Nasional Kupang, NGO, industry and handline tuna fishermen.

    In this meeting, the DMC members discussed several fundamental points as follow:

    1. Work plan updates from the last 6 months
    2. Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) management in NTT Province waters
    3. Permit management specified for small-scale fishermen
    4. Live bait management for Pole&Line fishery
    5. Renewal of Surat Keputusan (DMC Decree) for period 2017 – 2019 to add Polisi Air dan Udara (POLAIRUD/air and waters police), Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut (TNI AL/marine army), and consortium universities with fisheries study.
    6. Development of new action points for the coming 6 months

    In this meeting, a lecturer from Fisheries Faculty of Universitas Muhammadiyah Kupang, presented research results on tuna from year 2010 – 2015 from Pangkalan Pendaratan Ikan (PPI/landing site) Oeba, Kupang. She informed us that even though PPI Oeba is one of the biggest fishing ports in Kupang, most of the fishermen who land fish there are small-scale fishermen because the entry to the port only allows small vessels due to shallowness of the area.

    The issue about Surat Laik Operasi (SLO/operation permit) and Surat Persetujuan Berlayar (SPB/fishing permit) were also discussed by DKP NTT Province and Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikanan  (PSDKP/marine and fisheries resources monitoring). PSDKP also emphasized that there will be inspection related to vessel documents. If the vessels documents are not aligned with the real condition of the vessel, government will discipline them.

    As a wrap up, DKP NTT Province committed to allocate one dedicated room for DMC secretariat for better coordination in the future. Stay tune on our website to get updates about the next DMC meeting that will be held in October 2017.

    Writer: Juhrin

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  • A Think Tank and a Shark Tank

    27 Jul 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI and our partners are proud to share the outcomes of our recent Think Tank on Small Scale Fisheries.

    Why are small fisheries a big deal?

    There has been a lot of focus around the world recently on tackling Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing – not least in Indonesia, where Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti has made this her mission – going as far as blowing up boats caught fishing illegally. In our work across Indonesia, MDPI grapples with the challenges that small scale fishers face to comply with regulations, report their activities and catches, and demonstrate they are fishing legally.

    Seeing the common challenges faced by fishers across the Indonesian archipelago, and hearing of similar issues faced in other continents and oceans, MDPI saw a need for solutions that could help artisanal fishers transition to fishing in ways that are legal, reported and regulated (LRR). This assurance is not only vital for sustainable fisheries, but is becoming a necessity for fishing operations of any size to get access to international markets, particularly for high-end products.

    Small catches are collected on the beach north of the capital Columbo in Sri Lanka. Photo credit: Paul Hilton / Earth Tree

    Finding solutions to these challenges is vital for developing – and developed – countries around the world. Nine out of every ten fish workers globally are in artisanal fisheries. The industrial and small scale fishing sectors each take roughly half of the global fish catch, but small scale fisheries contribute much more to employment and to food security in developing nations. In Indonesia the importance of artisanal fishing is even greater – 95% of the country’s fish catch is taken by small scale fishers.

    Most fishery regulations are written with the industrial sector in mind, leaving much of the artisanal fleet under the radar. Sometimes they are simply overlooked in the design of regulations, in other cases they are given well-meaning exemptions. But as Megan Bailey of Dalhousie University noted, “even if it’s done with the best of intentions, it is a disservice to leave artisanal fishers out of fishery regulations, when markets demand that seafood is caught legally and responsibly.”

    Getting together the experts

    To generate ideas and solutions, we partnered with Wageningen University & Research, the Asia Pacific based USAID Oceans and the Walton Family Foundation to host a Think Tank on “Moving Towards Legal, Reported and Regulated Status for Small Scale Fisheries” from July 18 – 20 2017 in Bali.

    The event brought together NGOs, scientists, finance experts and government officials to investigate ways that small scale fishers can be helped to fish legally and responsibly, and have the means to prove it. The Walton Family Foundation offered seed funding to be awarded to the best emerging idea in support of small scale fishers.

    The Think Tank kicked off with case studies from different parts of the world, from Madagascar, Indonesia, Alaska, South Africa and the Maldives. Presenters described the challenges those fisheries face, and groups discussed the efforts and interventions that had been made within each the fisheries and their levels of success. The group then discussed the many commonalities between those fisheries and their challenges. Remoteness plays a part in compliance whether you’re fishing in Java or Alaska, consulting with fishers when regulations are set up is as crucial in South Africa as the Maldives, and fishery management that leaves out the artisanal sector further marginalizes coastal communities whether they’re in Indonesia or Madagascar.

    Day two started early with a visit to local fishers along Jimbaran Beach, a stone’s throw from Bali’s busy international airport and a thriving tourist area with many high-end resorts and restaurants. Despite this, the fishers we met with would struggle to access the export and high-value markets on their doorstep. Most would have been classed, by default, as “IUU”. Their small boats are designed to be launched from the beach, but the nearby port was the only designated site at which they could officially land their catch. Without using that port, they lacked the exit and entry permits to match with the fish catch that they reported.

    Fishing boats in Jimbaran, Bali. Photo credit: Paul Hilton / Earth Tree

    For the next day and a half, smaller groups delved into five aspects of sustainable fisheries: Governance, Data, Social, Markets and Finance. Each group was asked to investigate that fishery component, consider the ideas and solutions that existed already, look at what had made them succeed or fail, and identify priority issues still to address. Groups then developed solutions, working also with experts from other groups to challenge and refine each other’s ideas and incorporate cross-cutting themes.

    What came through this process was a smorgasbord of more than a dozen solutions, ranging from social media platforms and financial planning software to simple on-the-boat steps to prevent deterioration in fish quality from the moment it comes out of the water. Ideas also emerged for toolkits to better communicate with artisanal fishing groups and to promote the concept of ‘maximum economic benefit’ as a replacement to the outdated measure of ‘maximum sustainable yield’ in fisheries.

    Interestingly, many of the solutions were indirect, focusing on securing better earnings for the fishers to lift them out of poverty and give them the breathing space to fish in more sustainable and responsible ways. As Garth Cripps of Blue Ventures explained “it’s very hard to put back an undersized octopus or respect the boundary of a protected area when you’re living from day to day on what you can catch.”

    At the end of the Think Tank, participants were joined by a panel of five judges. In a ‘Shark Tank’ format (think reality TV! A Dragons’ Den for the oceans) each group presented their best proposal to support small scale fishers, faced questions from the panel of judges and other participants, and as the sun set the judges deliberated.

    Ice, ice baby

    Seed funding was allocated to a project that will identify where quality losses occur across six artisanal fisheries, with the aim of generating better income from existing catches. The peak value of a fish is at the moment it is caught, but without good handling from that moment to when it is sold, it loses quality – and critically, may fall below the lucrative ‘export quality’ level.

    A yellowfin tuna caught by hand line off the Sangihe Islands in Indonesia. Photo credit: Paul Hilton / WCS

    Rene Benguerel, speaking on MELIOMAR, a tuna company operated by Blueyou in Switzerland estimates that 70% of tuna landed in its sourcing country the Philippines could meet export quality standards – but at the moment the company only buys 3% of landings, those which met the export standards of European markets. Exported tuna is worth ~three times more than tuna fetches on the local market, so even simple steps to keep the fish in top condition – ice, careful handling and protection from the sun – can considerably boost fishers’ earnings. This in turn allows them to break cycles of debt, and gives the means and incentive to fish legally, follow regulations and report their catches.

    Everybody wins if we find and fund solutions that allow small fishing communities to prove that they’re fishing legally and sustainably. The fishers themselves through better income, healthier reefs and fish stocks and access to export markets, fisheries managers through more data on what’s being caught, and consumers gaining access to seafood that is caught in some of the most ocean-friendly and people-friendly ways. By improving value of catches there may be a time where fishers could halve their catches and still double their incomes…. a win/win situation!

    And now, what’s next?

    A more comprehensive report outlining the results, giving some background on the amazing ‘thinkers’ we managed to gather in Bali and some next steps will be circulated in the near future. Watch this space and please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like more information or insight on the topic or the event and its outcomes.

    The event has made us realize again how utterly important artisanal fisheries are, and how many passionate and motivated people are out there who want to make a difference for our small-scale fishers globally. This is an issue larger than any of us individually and so collaboration and coordination is needed. MDPI would like to again thank everyone who contributed to this event and we hope we can in a small way support this movement in the coming years. A special thanks goes to our partners on this event, the Walton Family Foundation, Wageningen University and Research and the Asia Pacific based USAID Oceans.

    With thanks,

    Momo Kochen, Director Programs and Research and all the team at MDPI


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  • The 10th Data Management Committee (DMC) Meeting in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB)

    27 Jul 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI facilitated  the most recent DMC meeting in Nusa Tengarra Barat (NTB) on May 31 in Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) office in Mataram, NTB. The meeting was attended by 20 people from local and central government, university, industry and NGO. It was opened by Mr. Lalu Hamdi, the head of DKP NTB Province, followed by Mr. Nurjamil, the head of  the DMC.

    As always in NTB the meeting hosted a lively discussion on many important and timely relevant topics- I-Fish data, vessel measurement application to Department of Transportation, renewing the committee decree with governor of NTB and a follow up results from action plan made in Bogor (March, 2017) some stakeholders about Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) and vessel registration. We also discussed an activity plan to progress forward these various conversations for the coming 6 months. The meeting was ended at 6 PM and then continued by break the Ramadhan fast together.

    Some results from this DMC meeting:

    1. DMC will continue to follow up about FAD registration issues from the tuna fishers Labuhan Lombok to national government
    2. This committee is prepared to be part of WPP (Wilayah Pengelolaan Perikanan/Fishery Management Area) organization, and later will have cooperation with other provinces under WPPs.
    3. MDPI will facilitate to follow-up the decree renewal for DMC for period 2017-2019 and to add more important members in DMC: Biro Hukum Provinsi, BAPPEDA Provinsi and Dinas Perhubungan Laut.
    4. Head of DKP NTB Province is ready to allocate a space for DMC Secretariat in DKP office, Mataram
    5. NTB deadline for vessel registration is in December 2017. If there are any unregistered vessels, it will be processed based on the law.

    We are very glad to facilitate this meeting and hopefully the DMC will become more powerful event for stakeholders to generate useful action plans for fisheries sustainability in NTB.

    Writer: Wildan

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  • Think Tank: The Discussion Related to Small-scale Fisheries and moving them toward being Legal, Reported and Regulated (LRR) fisheries.

    13 Jul 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI, along with our collaborating partners Wageningen University & Research, the Asia Pacific based USAID Oceans and the Walton Family Foundation plan to host a Think Tank  on “Moving Towards Legal, Regulated and Reported Status for Small Scale Fisheries” from July 18 – 21 in Bali, Indonesia.

    The goal of the Think Tank is to identify solutions for proactively dealing with growing demands for transparency, traceability and compliance for developing world fisheries, given the increasing demands being placed on international seafood supply chains by major import markets. We will then explore whether and how developing world fisheries can reverse the burden of proof of IUU to develop LRR fisheries.

    Until now the move towards LRR fisheries has predominantly been in large scale fisheries, with projects and investment targeting large vessels and their associated supply chains to meet increasing regulation and requirements. Initially large scale fisheries are seen as ‘low hanging fruit’, as well as the idea of targeting large volumes with minimal effort have been the driver for this. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that LRR fisheries are not only relevant for internationally focused supply chains but is also extremely important within domestic fisheries and supply chains and within small scale fisheries. In short, to meet the demands of importers capacity and knowledge is needed that is geared towards the dynamics of small scale fisheries.

    The Think Tank will bring together 20-25 experts from various backgrounds for a 3 day meeting (18th, 19th, and 20th of July). Participants will be led through the development of several solutions with which to develop an advocacy and action programme with, including communication to a wider community of donors, implementers, entrepreneurs. Our focus is global – we are looking for ideas and solutions for small scale fisheries around the world.

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  • One Vessel at a Time… Tolitoli Fishers Moving Towards Compliance

    31 May 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    On May 19, Dinas Perhubungan (Ministry of Transportation of Republic Indonesia) Tolitoli held a small-scale fishing vessel measurement activity. This activity was supported by Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan Tolitoli, MDPI, suppliers, CV. Mina Jaya Bahari (fish industry) and Fair Trade (FT) Fishers Associations (FA). The objective of doing vessel measurement is to combat IUU Fishing (illegal, unreported or unregulated in the Fisheries Management Area of ​​the Republic of Indonesia – WPP RI).

    There were 68 vessels measured and here is the data:

    • 17 fiber vessels and 1 wooden vessel from FT FA Lumba-lumba in Salumpaga Village
    • 4 fiber vessels from non-FT fishermen in Salumpaga Village
    • 4 wooden vessels from non-FT fishermen in Laulalang Village
    • 14 wooden vessels from FT FA Karya Nelayan in Lingadan Village
    • 8 wooden vessels from FT FA Sinar Laut in Lingadan Village
    • 20 wooden vessels from non-FT fishermen in Lingadan Village

    After the vessel measurement activity was completed, Debriga as a representative from CV. Mina Jaya Bahari, gave a socialization to the fishermen about the proper way of fish handling, the characteristics of the fish affected by disease and contamination and the impact to fish that are handled improperly.

    This activity was attended by 59 participants: 2 people from Dinas Perhubungan Tolitoli Regency (Pak M. Yusuf and Pak Zulkarnain), 1 person from CV. Mina Jaya Bahari (Debriga), 2 people from MDPI (Hendri and Anto) and suppliers, fishermen and fishermen’s wives.

    Hopefully this activity can be one of the inspirations to fishermen in other areas to start supporting Indonesian government in combatting IUU Fishing and that working together we can get compliance increasing in our fisheries.

    Writer: Hendri Heni Tiala

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  • Ubud Food Festival: Our Future is at Sea

    31 May 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    What is MDPI? What is Fair Trade? What is Traceability? What is Sustainable Seafood? – Those questions arose from the visitors of Ubud Food Festival, a festival held in Ubud, Bali from 12 – 15 May. This event is one of the biggest culinary events in Indonesia and very popular to both national and international audiences. There are many chefs, culinary icons, restaurant owners, and even environmental advocates who attend this annual event.

    In this event, MDPI had a booth to raise awareness about MDPI’s work amongst Indonesian-based consumers, to talk about sustainable seafood, Fair Trade certified seafood and seafood traceability with the visitors. This year’s theme was “Every Flavor is a Story”, to celebrate the richness of Indonesian food, including the history as well as Indonesian culture, heritage, community and geography. To align with the theme, MDPI booth also had theme “The Story of Your Fish” to raise awareness about the story of fish from fishermen (our main stakeholder) to consumers’ plates. Most people might not be aware that the fish they eat went through a long journey to finally be ready to be consumed by them. On this occasion, MDPI gave a whole story about it by explaining Fair Trade certified seafood and the various technologies and interventions that are implemented in various stages of the supply chain to show fishermen are not involved in Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activities.

    Pak Aditya and Indah explained about MDPI program to Pak Bondan, a famous journalist, writer and culinary expert in Indonesia. Photo credit: MDPI

    Another exciting event for MDPI was our Fair Trade Manager, Jaz, participating as a panelist in a discussion: Think, Talk, Taste: Our Future is at Sea, with other panelists from permaculture, chef, aquaculture and environmental protection. In this discussion, the panelists shared their experiences from the seafood and marine world and what challenges the seafood world is facing at the moment. All of the panelists agreed that consumers should be more aware about the seafood they consume, by starting to find out “Where Your Fish Comes From”: Is it from sustainable source? Is it caught by responsible fisherman? Is it processed by a responsible company? What if it was caught by fishers in forced or bonded labour situations? And more questions that we should keep in mind to be a better consumer. They also gave tips about what fish to buy, here are the tips:

    1. Buy fish in season – fish that are in season are cheaper, more accessible and have likely not been in long term storage or transport to get to you. Its typically fresher and better for the climate to buy fish in season.
    2. Spend less – Less well-known fish are just as good and cost less because they less in demand. Learn to ask your fishmonger for them and learn new recipes to match them.
    3. Respect tradition – traditional recipes for fish soup use different fish according to what is available on the day.
    4. Discover new flavors – There are 25,000 edible species of fish in the sea but we only eat about 15 of them. Enjoy discovering new flavors!
    5. Many portions from just one fish – Medium-sized to large fish (2 – 5 kg) are soft and tasty when cooked in the oven. They are ideal choice if you have guests.
    6. And most important… buy local if you can. This supports local fishing communities, has least impact on climate through travelling only short distances and has the strongest likelihood of being fresh

    MDPI was delighted to be part of this year’s Ubud Food Festival and met many amazing people to talk and to share ideas with. MDPI also would like to thank Ubud Food Festival for giving us a space to discuss and share our story and approach. Not to mention, big thanks to all the MDPI team who joined and supported MDPI at this event! And one last special shout out to Jaz… well done on the panel, you done us proud! ?

    Writer: Indah Rufiati



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    31 May 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    The 2nd International Conference of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) was held on 27th April 2017 at Padma Hotel, Bali – Indonesia. The objective was to draw attention to the importance of transparency and participation in the fisheries sector, which is a vital livelihood for coastal countries all around the world. Hosted by MMAF on behalf of the Indonesian government, the one-day international conference was attended by approximately 300 representatives from governments, businesses, civil society, international organizations, donors and media. Susi Pudjiatuti, the Minister of MMAF was one of the keynote speakers.

    In addition to sending representation to the conference, MDPI also participated in the exhibit, with small stand representing our organizations work. The MDPI tagline was “It’s time to take small-scale fisheries into account”. With this opportunity, we wanted to highlight that small-scale fisheries are often exempt from regulations and therefore unregulated, although having big potential in terms of production and creating livelihood for large proportions of communities in remote areas. The unknown number of vessels, combined with the wide geographic distribution and part-time and full-time activity of small scale fisheries makes it difficult to regulate and monitor these fisheries for compliance with regulations. As a result, it is not possible to really demonstrate the legality of the fishing practice… so what can we do?

    MDPI showcased various traceability-based technologies piloted in small scale tuna supply chains to boost transparency. The first technology is a satellite-based tracking device called Spot Trace. This device is used to verify the fishing ground information, to demonstrate that a vessel is fishing in a legal area. The second technology is an onboard camera, soon to be deployed in MDPI sites. It will record a photo every 10-15 seconds, during the trip, the purpose of which will be to assess the fisheries’ interaction with Endangered, Threatened and Protected species (ETPs). On the landing site, there is Dock app operated by enumerators and Ourfish app utilized by suppliers. Dock and OurFish are mobile apps specially developed to make data collection more efficient, to reduce human error and to reduce the use of paper. The last but not the least is Tally-O, an internal electronic traceability system in fish processor level.

    This set of technologies and other MDPI’s activities are expected to enhance transparency, data availability, data transparency and traceability of small-scale fisheries. We have experience working with hundreds of fishermen and fishing sectors stakeholders for many years, and we discover that everybody is willing to be sustainable, traceable and transparent. It is just a matter of having the available tools and capacity to do so. So that’s the plan for MDPI moving forward, making all these technologies or similar scalable and available to all small scale fisheries, to move forward on the path to transparency. So, why wait, It’s time to take small scale fisheries into account! ? ?

    Writer: Lalu Hizbulloh

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  • Middlemen Getting Savvy with Technology – the OURFISH App

    31 May 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI, in 2016, collaborated with the Smithsonian Institute as part of the “Technology Innovations towards Sustainability of Tuna Fisheries in Indonesia Project” to deploy an app, called OurFish in 2 small scale Indonesian tuna supply chains. OurFish was developed by the Smithsonian Institute to assist the supplier/middleman/first buyer node in seafood supply chains. The app has been previously deployed in various countries in South America and in Asia. The app has 2 main functions, namely to record transactions between fishers and middlemen related to fish and  other fishing related components such as fuel, ice, etc., in a way as a business management tool. Additionally, the app, as it collects info on all fish coming off vessels, collects production data, or total catch. In the development phase, suppliers were invited to test the app, give feedback about the experience of using it including suggestions, obstacles or other useful information, to improve the application. A guideline document was developed to give users an explanation as to how to use the app.

    In the deployment phase, the app was introduced to MDPI’s Site Supervisor and Sustainability Facilitator in Waelihang, North Buru and Sakanusa, Seram, so that they can help to monitor and guide the supplier to operate it. The program and the app were explained to the selected suppliers and their workers. In North Buru the supplier was Pak Ayen and the trusted worker he appointed to operate the app was Pak Ismail, while in Seram supplier Pak Amir used the app. Both of these suppliers coordinate Fair Trade fishers, who were registered into their Ourfish account in the app.

    The next step was a trial when the supplier or the worker was asked to test the app in a real-life situation on unloading. The key things to be emphasized in this step were how to input transaction data and how to synchronize the data so that it can be received by the software developer (Smithsonian).

    After the trial, the suppliers were asked for their feedback on the app. Some questions and inputs were given such as: “Is individual loin inputted one by one? Is it possible to input them in batch to reduce time for inputting data?” This kind of input was reported to the software developer for their reference to improve the app in the future.

    The implementation ran from July to November 2016. During the implementation, the supplier was expected to directly use the app whenever there was a transaction, i.e. during weighing the fish, making a payment to a fisher. The implementation was regularly monitored by the Supply Chain team by contacting suppliers by phone or text to get feedback.

    The app is available on the Google app store and is now under direction of the NGO Rare. This video nicely describes the app and its uses in small scale fisheries.

    Lesson learned

    • Both the suppliers (or his staff) were interested and support this kind of program, introducing new technology to their business activities. They were enthusiastic to use the app and other suppliers in the area were interested to test it also
    • Technology programs seem to need a long time for implementation, especially in remote areas where the people have lower knowledge of and experience with technology
    • Trading schemes and standards between suppliers and fishers are volatile due to follow the buyer standard. Therefore deep assessment is needed to build the proper app that is useful and able to replace paper record
    • Regular evaluation and improvement are needed

    Writer: Hastuti

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  • Informal Discussion to Celebrate National Fishermen’s Day

    31 May 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    To commemorate National Fishermen’s Day (Hari Nelayan Nasional) on April 6, the MDPI team in East Lombok held an informal discussion for information sharing on fisheries developments and regulation updates. This discussion was attended by fishermen’s representatives, the head of Labuhan Lombok Port, Harbor Master (Syahbandar), head of Pengawas Perikanan NTB and industry representatives. As an initial information, most of the participants were not aware that there is National Fishermen Day in Indonesia, so they suggested for us to hold this kind of discussion again in the future to commemorate it.

    Several points were discussed:

    • The importance of correct data reporting for improving the management of fishery resources and supporting infrastructure and improvements in services, especially data on tuna fisheries, which are under international management through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs)
    • Implementation of fisheries regulations: Permen No. 1 tahun 2017 about operation permit letter, Permen KP No. 26 tahun 2014 about Fish Aggregating Device (FAD); UU No. 7 tahun 2016 about fishermen empowerment and protection; Permen Perhubungan No. 8 tahun 2013 about vessel measurement.
    • The involvement of MDPI to assist the management of FAD installation permits (SIPR) by distributing registration forms to be submitted to DKP West Nusa Tenggara Province.
    • Emphasising the importance of re-measuring vessels to provide the accurate information in compliance with the rules. The aim is for this activity to be completed in December 2017 because there will be fines for vessels with incorrect information.
    • The importance of having complete documents, safety equipment and ship capability standard. The Syahbandar emphasized this issue to reduce the risk of sea accidents & IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) fishing operations.
    • The importance of maintaining fish quality, prioritizing quality over quantity, so that fishermen can get effective results with good price.

    All of the participants enjoyed this discussion, especially fishermen; they really appreciate all of the information shared with them. MDPI will be happy to hold more discussions in the future 🙂

    Writer: Juhrin

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  • Fishermen’s Folk Party (Pesta Rakyat Nelayan) in Bone

    31 May 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    To celebrate the 687th Anniversary of Bone Regency on April 6, people in Toro Village, Tanete Riattang Timur District, Bone Regency organised a fishermens’ tradition called “Pesta Rakyat Nelayan” (Fishermen Folk Party). MDPI staff in Bone, Sahril and Alwi were asked to join in the party as the committee of the celebration.

    This year’s celebrations were conducted in Balakang and aimed to build stronger friendships between fishermen, village government and the community. As part of the celebrations, there was a fishing competition, Qur’an reading competition for the kids, adzan competition and makkaremo (catching fish with bare hands). In this event, fishermen also gave a traditional performance called madduppatasi (a story about how fishermen are greeted by their wives after a fishing trip).

    This event was attended by the head of regency, the vice head of regency, the head of DPRD, the head of district and the head of village, as well as teachers in Bone Regency. MDPI is very grateful to be involved in this cultural activity. It strengthens the friendship between MDPI and at the end of the day, better friendship means better collaboration in the future ? ?

    Writer: Sahril


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