Data Management Committee: Improving Small-scale Tuna Fishery Data in Nusa Tenggara Barat (West Nusa Tenggara)
MDPI facilitated the 8th Data Management Committee (DMC) meeting in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) in May 2016. The aim of DMC meetings is to discuss issues on fisheries management in the region. The DMC members consist of stakeholders from government, universities, NGOs, industries and fishers. To get a better understanding of the data collection process, participants at this meeting were given a demonstration of port sampling activities directly after the DMC meeting.
There were 40 participants at the meeting, with representatives from SDI-KKP (Sumber Daya Ikan – Kementrian Kelautan dan Perikanan), the tuna industry, head of DKP (Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan) NTB Province, DKP Sumbawa Regency, PSDKP (Pengawasan Sumberdaya Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan) Labuhan Lombok, Syahbandar Labuhan Lombok, head of Labuhan Lombok fishery port, local reporters and fishers.
The DMC meeting was officially opened by Bapak Aminollah, the head of DKP Province, who emphasized the importance of strong fishery management in the province, followed by an overview of the day’s proceedings and agenda by the head of DMC, Bapak Nurjamil from DKP NTB Province.
The next session was presentations from MDPI Fishery Improvement Department, Wiro and Wildan. Wiro’s presentation was about the importance of stakeholder collaboration in the management of tuna fishery in NTB and the importance of data as the basis of policy making. Wildan delivered a presentation with data analysis from the I-Fish small-scale tuna fishery sampling activities conducted in Labuhan Lombok.
After the presentation sessions, the next session was discussion. Ibu Retno from SDI-KKP said that data is very important for planning and development and she also explained about the data collection conducted by SDI-KKP in port, village and company. She added that the role of I-Fish data is to enrich the capture fisheries statistics in locations that are not sampled by SDI-KKP and to enrich the statistical data on capture fisheries, especially the species composition of the catch.
From this DMC, here are the next steps to be followed up by the members:
- Bring DMC program to the BAPPEDA (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Daerah) and the parliament to get support from them to continue the DMC meeting in NTB.
- Develop the procedure about the permit of Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs).
- Government to improve the supporting facilities in maintaining the quality of the fish unloaded in Labuhan Lombok port.
- Some fishermen in Bima started data collection supported by DKP Bima. DMC members to review and to study if they can enter the same system (I-Fish).
- Other suppliers in Labuhan Lombok begin to get involved in supporting the process of data collection, in order to obtain data that is able to represent Lombok.
Technical assistance from the head of DMC. Photo credit: MDPI