MMAF, USAID-IMACS field visit to MDPI Office in Labuhan Lombok, Lombok Timur

8 Jun 2015
Indah Rufiati

Last month, May 2015, 15 people from the Indonesia Marine and Climate Support (IMACS) and Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Republic of Indonesia (MMAF) visited the MDPI Office in Labuhan Lombok, East Lombok. The aim of the visit was to observe the I-Fish data collection process and fish unloading activities.

The MDPI team accompanied the group to observe the fish unloading process from boat to car, then onwards to one of the processor companies in East Lombok. To get a deep understanding of the i-Fish data collection system they also interviewed MDPI’s enumerators, fish auction’s staffs and port staffs. Riza and Wildan from MDPI explained how to fill the sampling form and told about the various scenarios that happen during day-day implementation.

A discussion session followed with the participants and the MDPI team about the data collection process, the data collection method and data collection form. From the discussion, Bapak Anung from Pusat Penelitian Pengelolaan Perikanan dan Konservasi Sumberdaya (P4KSI) gave a suggestion to define fishing gear more specifically, as defining gear as hand line is too arbitrary. He said that the term hand line incoprorates troll line (pancing tonda), depth line(pancing ikan dalam) and surface line(pancing ikan permukaan). MDPI will take this input into account as they improve the current protocol in the coming weeks… Thank you Pak Anung!

Other discussion points focused on the opportunities which exist for a collaborative process between MDPI’s enumerators and government’s enumerators in synchronizing the data obtained by MDPI, port authority or Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikanan (PSDKP). Therefore, the data obtained by MDPI can also be a verification tool for reporting of catch per vessel by the company to the government.

Final thoughts… the P4KSI and IMACS team really appreciate the efforts of MDPI in its data collection process, feel that the data obtained is valid and that I-Fish can be the provider of high quality tuna data and information. MDPI are very proud to hear this validation of their hard work… well done team Lombok for your commitment and excellent work: Riza, Hadi, Taeran, Bambang, Joe, Amir, Lalu and Wildan 🙂

Writer: Indah Rufiati

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