MDPI and AP2HI Expanding Data Collection Sites for Pole & Line and Hand Line Fishery
MDPI, supported by Asosiasi Perikanan Pole&Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI), has expanded data collection sites for Pole & Line fisheries to support the availability of tuna fishery data from eastern Indonesia. Pole & Line is a traditional fishing method, which is both socially and environmentally responsible. Pole & Line vessels have capacity that varies between 16 – 97 GT.
Site assessments were conducted in several locations. The new sites are: Tulehu, Ambon; Sorong, West Papua; Bitung, North Sulawesi; Larantuka, East Nusa Tenggara; Pasar Wajo, Southeast Sulawesi and Kendari Southeast Sulawesi. This data collection activity will contribute to a more comprehensive picture of the real situation of small-scale tuna fisheries in eastern Indonesia.
MDPI enumerators sample the catch data from vessels at the port or at the landing site. The data collected includes bycatch, total catch, length frequencies samples, baitfish use and the interaction with ETP (Endangered, Threatened, and Protected) animals. In addition to data collection of fish, we also collect data on vessel name, the name of the captain, fishing equipment, fishing trip duration, fishing ground, the need of fuel, ice, vessel capacity and machine capacity. All data collection activities follow the fishery-specific data collection protocol (available for download at:http://ifish.id/?q=id/content/library-protocol ).
The data collected by enumerators is uploaded to I-Fish and will be analyzed to contribute the description of small-scale tuna fishery at each data collection site.
The expansion of data collection sites is in collaboration with companies who are supporting the data collection in handline and Pole & Line fishery. These companies are: PT. Triko Bina Nusantara, PT. Okishin Flores, PT. Radios Apirja Sorong, PT. Aneka Sumber Tata Bahari, PT. Bintang Mandiri Bersaudara and PT. Edmar Mandiri Jaya. MDPI really appreciates their good initiative for better small-scale fishery data collection.