MDPI – FAIR TRADE

MDPI is responsible for the overall implementation of the Fair Trade program: from introducing the program to fishers, establishing the Fisher Associations and Fair Trade Committees, to organizing and leading the meetings, and training them about sustainable fishing, supporting and guiding their Fisher Associations and Fair Trade Committees, basically living with the fishers in the villages, being their friends, and being part of the community. At the same time, MDPI is responsible to guide not just the fishers but also the local middlemen; local processors and the certificate holder in understanding and complying with the Fair Trade six year compliance standards and audits.

The Fair Trade program was initially based only in a few locations in Maluku, but has since expanded to Central Sulawesi and across Maluku. Based on March 2017 data, there are 34 Fisher Associations; six Fair Trade Committees in two provinces, where 635 handline yellowfin tuna fishermen (based on September 2016 data) are registered into the program. It all started from four pioneer Fisher Associations established in late 2013, which were Fair Trade certified at entry level (Year 0) in October 2014. The initial certification included three Fisher Associations in Assilulu, Ambon and one Fisher Association in Waipure, North Buru. Later that year, four more Fisher Associations were established in North Buru (three in Wailihang and one in Wamlana). In 2015, four more Fisher Associations were established in North Buru (Waprea, Namsina and Pasih Putih Kepala Madan) and seven Fisher Associations were established in South Buru (Fatmite and Nalbessy). In 2015, the Fisher Associations from Assilulu, North Buru and South Buru were certified at Year 1 level, with two certificates issued at entry level (Year 0) for five Fisher Associations in Seram (Sakanusa, Supulessy, Yaholu, Tehoru and Haruo) and one Fisher Association in Tolitoli (Salumpaga). In 2016 MDPI added five more Fisher Associations in Seram (Parigi, Bula, Yanuelo, Ampera) and another two in Tolitoli (Lingadan). In mid-2017, MDPI planned to expand the program to North Maluku (Pulau Bisa, near Obi).