Our Story as Interns in Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI)

3 Jul 2018
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MDPI interns Yuan Ratmilya Lena and Novri Elizabeth Nomleni shared their story…

We are studying Water Resources Management in Universitas Nusa Cendana Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT). One of the compulsory subjects in university is to attend a Praktek Kerja Lapangan (PKL, field work practice). I did my PKL in MDPI site in PPI Oeba Fishing Port, focusing on data collection of from yellowfin tuna fisheries activities.

The purpose of the PKL experience is to give the student a work experience before entering the real work world, to increase knowledge and to compare the theories learned during the lecture with the reality in the field so that the student will have a more comprehensive idea about a particular topic.

During the first week of my PKL, MDPI field team gave me a training about the process of the data collection, fish identification, port sampling forms and the I-Fish platform.

During my internship, I helped the Sustainability Facilitator of MDPI conduct the data collection using the following workflow:

  • Check the unloading of handline tuna vessels
  • Prepare the port sampling tools: pen, caliper, sampling form, measurement board, fish identification booklet, ETP (Endangered, Threatened and Protected) Species identification booklet, gloves, and boots.
  • Conduct port sampling of fishermen’s catch with a target of sampling at least 20% of the total vessels unloading per month. The data collection process follows the steps in the I-Fish data collection protocol, available from the I-Fish website.
  • Complete and note the total catch production from suppliers or obtain from company based on the determined code quality.
  • The collected data will be inputted to an excel template and will be checked by the staff or supervisor to make sure the data is valid.
  • The data then will be uploaded into the I-Fish database

We also helped the Communication and Development team, Indah and Nuri, to hold a short lecture on Fisheries Sustainability in SUPM (Sekolah Usaha Perikanan Menengah) and Politeknik Kelautan dan Perikanan (Poltek KP) Kupang.  At this event, 40 students from SUPM and 36 students from Poltek KP attended, as well as four lecturers/teachers. The director of Politeknik Kelautan dan Perikanan Kupang, Pak Suseno, gave a short speech to open the activity. The presentations covered topics such as MDPI’s work, the I-Fish system, examples of data collected by MDPI, fisheries sustainability and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs).  The discussion was closed with quizzes for the participants and those who gave the correct answers got the spot prize provided by MDPI. We are so delighted to see the enthusiasm of the participants! We also supported with the screening of a movie about the ocean ecosystem and ETP species in the port, which was attended by 30 people, mainly children.

Short Lecture participants in Kupang. Photo credit: Indah Rufiati/MDPI

Movie Night at Oeba Port, Kupang. Photo credit: Indah Rufiati/MDPI

We enjoyed our experience with MDPI in the field, seeing the true conditions of data collection and community engagement. We are grateful to MDPI for providing us with this opportunity. We believe that our experience will be very helpful in the future.

Writers: Yuan Ratmilya Lena and Novri Elizabeth Nomleni

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