I-Fish Development Project

6 Nov 2015
Indah Rufiati

I – Fish is a fishery information system for data collection of tuna and skipjack in Indonesia. I – Fish data is accessible to fishermen and stakeholders such as government, universities, organizations, industry and experts. The data entry process is conducted by enumerators of each of Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) sites in Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Maluku, Sulawesi (all for Tuna) and West Papua (for mud crab data collection). This system was originally developed in 2012 by the IMACS project of USAID Indonesia and is in a process of refining and developed to this day.

To understand a little closer about I – Fish system, Mika Winata, MDPI’s Programmer wrote an article about I – Fish in a simple way…

The I – Fish system consists of fisheries sampling data entry modules. Once the data is uploaded by the Enumerator (all data collected is done so utilizing a standard protocol: available for download on the I-Fish website at http://ifish.id/?q=id/content/library-protocol ) from each site to I – Fish, the data is entered into the database, where it is stored until it is processed by the reporting module into a report or analysis, tailored to meet the needs of the stakeholders or interested parties. The core of this system is website-based, which has the advantage of being accessible anywhere  where an internet connection exists.

Today you can access the new domain of I – Fish at www.ifish.id. The new protocols developed by MDPI make it possible for various fisheries to be monitored by sampling systems such as handline and Pole & Line Tuna, monthly unloading upload system which captures total catches, fishing ground identification,  automatic report development and others. All of these systems aim to facilitate the fishermen and fisheries stakeholders to get data and to use it for their fishery, either in management or for business purposes. Some simple examples include utilizing fuel use and catches to identify return on investment throughout the seasons; also catches per fishing ground allow users to identify areas of high productivity and the seasonality of this.

Surely, until this time and into the future, I – Fish still continue to be refined and developed from day to day because information technology is growing faster and getting more sophisticated. Hopefully MDPI will be able to support the technology implementation progress and allow other systems to connect to I-Fish to develop ever more sophisticated approaches for data capture, traceability and all over transparency. MDPI, together with partners at IPNLF, TNC, AP2HI and MMAF aims to continue to develop I – Fish for a better data system for small-scale fishery in Indonesia, hopefully toward a better small-scale fishery management in the future.

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Writer: Mika Winata and Indah Rufiati

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