Fisheries Improvement

Fisheries Improvement is the core of MDPI’s work and the driver of the MDPI’s other programs and departments. The work has a central focus on sustainability, both on the environmental and the human aspects and relies strongly on a well-trained and motivated field team for its implementation throughout Indonesia.

    1. Why do we work on Fisheries Sustainability?

Indonesia is one of the largest seafood producing countries in the world. Small-scale fishermen are the backbone of the state fishery, encompassing almost 70% of Indonesian fishermen, who rely on fishing for their daily income. With strong fishery management, Indonesian small-scale fisheries can contribute to food security, prosperity and economy.

By partnering with seafood supply chains and associated industries, who have a commitment to engage in sustainability work, MDPI aims to contribute to the sustainable fisheries and develop robust fisheries management.

  1. What are our core competencies for implementing Fisheries Improvement Work?
  • Data creation

MDPI focuses on improving fisheries data availability from the small scale sector and aims to develop a system which allows industry to easily participate in the improvement process, by supporting data collection within the supply chain and creating pathways for this data to reach the government and other interested parties. The data collected ranges from operational, catch per unit effort, interaction Endangered Threatened Protected (ETP) species and more.

Fisheries data collection processes follow robust protocols which meet Regional Fisheries Management Organization (RFMO) requirements and which aim to meet the management needs of the government of Indonesia. Data is collected, uploaded to and stored in the I-Fish system, which has the additional function of having a simple user friendly display for data reporting to stakeholders

  • Stakeholder Engagement

MDPI aims to engage in and facilitate multi-stakeholder consultation processes and by doing this to encourage an effective way for fishery industries to collect, process and reporting their own fishery data to the Regional Government and related parties who may require this important data. This allows industries, as well as academia and related NGOs to play an active and participatory role in contributing to the development of laws and policies related to fishery management in the provincial as well as national basis. We aim to do this by:

  • Working side-by-side with fishermen, suppliers and processors
  • Creating fora where input, feedback and discussions from fishermen, suppliers, processors and related parties are facilitated through the process of Co-management or I-Fish Data Management Committees.
  • Contributing to national level discussions on fisheries management, e.g. National Fisheries Management Plans; Harvest Strategy Development
  • Capacity building
  • Due to the importance of high quality data, an adaptive process is needed to ensure consistent data quality, hence frequent protocol updates and capacity building of enumerators and parties involved with the data is required. Internal capacity building also aims to prepare staff to represent MDPI, explain and report activities and advances in sustainability as ‘agents of change’.
  • To provide deeper understanding of the fishery improvement process MDPI aims to disseminate information and capacity build all fishery stakeholders with whom we engage. Topics include the need for good and robust data, the importance of management, updates to fisheries regulation, procedures to combat and report on legal fishing activity and to unify the understanding of each stakeholder in terms of sustainable fisheries.

In Summary….. 

MDPI and its Fishery Improvement department aims to support industries to meet market requirements in terms of Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) implementation, to meet compliance to national and regional fisheries regulation and to ensure that the capacity exists that the stakeholders of the Indonesian small scale supply chains are equipped and engaged in the sustainability approach. Our team are present and active on the ground…   We aim and strive for real and robust results for the long term.