Co-management in Tolitoli: First Step towards Sustainable Fishery through Active Participation of Stakeholders
MDPI facilitated a meeting in Hotel Bumi Harapan, Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi on March 1st. The agenda was to introduce the co-management concept as one of the steps towards collaborative fisheries resource management. The meeting was attended by government representatives: Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan Tolitoli Regency, Balai Karantina Ikan Tolitoli Regency, Dinas Perhubungan Tolitoli Regency, BAPPEDA (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Daerah) Tolitoli, PSDKP (Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikanan), the Head of District from North Tolitoli, Dakopamean and Ogotua; Universitas Madako, Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan Negri 1 Galang and representatives from industry: PT. Tritoba Samudra Indonesia CV. Mina Jaya Bahari, fishermen and suppliers.
The meeting was opened by the Head of DKP Tolitoli Regency, Ir. Gusman. He explained the enormous fisheries potential of Toli-toli Regency with 454 km coastline and 103 tons of tuna production in 2018. He also informed us that the lack of data availability creates challenges in the development of fishery infrastructure in Tolitoli Regency. He expected that through this collaboration, there will be transparency of data both from the government and the industry.
The next session was a presentation by Pak Saut Tampubolon from MDPI. He emphasized that one of the elements to be fulfilled in co-management is the data availability from all stakeholders. Lack of data will hinder good fisheries management development and poor data will generate uncertainties. For that reason we need good data in order to get a good and informative analysis for the fisheries management. At the end of his session, Pak Saut reminded us not to focus only on terrestrial development, but also to make the sea a priority.
Hendri and Wildan from MDPI also explained about the progress of MDPI activities in Tolitoli, including the assistance for establishing Fair Trade Fisher Associations and handline tuna data collection, small-scale (1 – 3 GT) vessel registration, the amount of Fair Trade premium fund received by the community, etc.
The final sessions were Discussion and Question & Answer. Stakeholders were very enthusiastic about the progress of Fair Trade in Salumpaga Village and wanted to adopt it to other fishing villages. All of the stakeholders agreed to have another meeting as a follow-up towards the existence of co-management in Tolitoli.
Writer: Putra Satria Timur