Over 200 Indonesia Small Scale Handline Vessels are Now Available Online on PVR-ISSF Website

6 Sep 2016
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Is the PVR, Proactive Vessel Registration of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, applicable for artisanal and small scale tuna fisheries? This question arises owing to the fact that the PVR list, openly and publicly accessible on the ISSF website is currently populated predominantly by large purse seine vessels. This question also laid the basis for a pilot project aiming to test the validity of the PVR on small scale tuna fisheries in Indonesia, a collaboration between MDPI, the International Pole and Line Foundation, Asosiasi Perikanan Pole and Line dan Handline Indonesia and ISSF.

In brief, the PVR is a tool created by ISSF, aiming to enables tuna vessel owners to identify themselves as active participants in meaningful sustainability efforts, such as implementing specific best practices. Unlike Purse seine and longline vessel, small tuna handline and Pole and Line vessels like in Indonesia, are widely spread in rural coastal areas where the regulatory authorities may have sparse data availability and where compliance and monitoring may be limited.  The PVR aims to transparently show that the vessels registered have undergone a level of training related to sustainability, are compliant with regulations and have committed to certain standards of sustainability.

However, on June 2016, 213 small handline vessels from Indonesia are now accessible in ISSF’s website as a successful result of all parties contributing to the joint project. Since it was kicked off over one year ago, MDPI hand in hand with AP2HI (Assosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia), strived towards collecting data and verifying vessel by vessel in Bitung, Maluku, North Maluku and Larantuka region as well as approaching the company and aggregators in each place.

Accessing the data is very simple. Firstly, go to PVR-ISSF link http://iss-foundation.org/knowledge-tools/databases/proactive-vessel-register/ which will directly navigate you to the list of vessel registered in PVR. The vessels are categorized into 3 groups, they are purse seine, longline and other. Together with 7 small pole and line vessel that are also result of this pilot project, the handline vessels are located in the ‘other’ category.

We expect to have more vessels registered in the near future, as the number online is only a half of total vessels that are in process of registration and audit. MDPI is proud to bring Indonesia’s small scale handline to be more nationally and internationally recognized.  We are proud that many more people realize that artisanal handline fisheries may be small in scale yet big in potential!!

The initial PVR pilot project was financially supported by Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and is noongoing through support from our industry partner Cloverleaf, Canada.

Writer: Lalu Hizbulloh

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