MDPI Refreshing Training in Makassar

11 Apr 2017
Indah Rufiati
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Ensuring MDPI site supervisors and regional supervisors have the tools to run implementation sites to a high standard

The latest refreshing training was held in Makassar, March 15 – 17. This training was attended by Site Supervisor (SS) and Regional Supervisor (RS) from Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara area, supervised by Guillermo, Momo, Wildan, Nuri and Dayu.

The aims of the training were to:

  1. Refresh on identification technic for tuna species, especially taking note of tongkol species
  2. Consolidate port sampling method according to the protocol
  3. Ensure that all RS and SS have the same understanding about the updated port sampling protocol
  4. Strengthen the Fishery Improvement’s field team
  5. Strengthen the data analysis capability of field team

Guillermo gave interesting materials about the concepts and terminology of fisheries and how to identify tuna species. From his explanation, a fishery is the combination of a specific fish stock (resources, number of animals) and the tools used by humans to exploit the stock. An increase in fishing effort threatens the stock species of fish and coral reef health, therefore stock assessments are very important. Stock assessments, including the use of various statistical and mathematical calculations, can make quantitative predictions about the reaction of various fish populations to alternative options or management. The stock assessment is useful for predicting a variety of risks that may result from the overfishing of the various populations of fish that are spawning, and also for the prediction of time/age until the fish reach a certain size before it is harvested. In general, the main objective of fisheries management is to maintain fish stocks at a sustainable level through various regulatory and remedial actions. To achieve these objectives, the stakeholders must have information regarding the estimation of the stock so that they can design and provide strong reasons to carry out various types of control of fishing activities.

Guillermo also delivered a refresher material about the techniques and how to identify tuna and tuna like fish. Tuna is the main target of the majority of fishermen with whom we interact in MDPI data collection sites and we must identify it accurately. To distinguish between fishes is practically very easy because they have different shapes and colors.  But, there is a problem in identifying tuna and tuna like fishes. For example, in general, people only know one type of tongkol tuna, but in fact there are several types of tongkol tuna including kray (frigate tuna), tongkol bullet (bullet tuna) and tongkol kawa (mackerel tuna). The same thing happened with Yellowfin Tuna (YFT) and Big Eye Tuna (BET). Therefore, participants were given a refreshing explanation and training on YFT and BET identification techniques.

In this training, participants also discussed the sampling method, data collection strategy and problems found in the field. And finally, at the end of training activities Momo gave a strong motivation and encouragement to all field staff and gave acknowledgments for achievements and consistency in collecting data.

A similar training for the Maluku-based staff will be held this week, 11-13 May, in Ambon… be ready Maluku guys, the prizes are awesome but the quizzes are tremendously hard!!! 😉 😉

Writer: Amrollah

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