ProActive Vessel Register (PVR): Update from North Maluku Province

16 Feb 2016
Indah Rufiati

In its quest to support Sustainable Fishery programs, MDPI engages in implementing the ISSF Proactive Vessel Register (PVR) or tuna fishing vessels data collection, which is currently in a pilot phase with project partners Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI), International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) and International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). The pilot aims to identify if the PVR approach, traditionally utilized for large scale purse seine vessels by ISSF, can also be used for small scale vessels.

One of AP2HI members in Bitung, PT. Nutrindo Fresfood International, a fish processing company, sources tuna from North Maluku. Within the scope of the PVR project, PT. Nutrindo has the opportunity to register its vessels on the PVR, thus showing compliance, willingness to commit to sustainability and transparency. MDPI’s PVR officer, Zulung, shares his trip report during the PVR activity in North Maluku. Here is the story…

On November 12, 2015, I visited various North Maluku Islands. There are many tuna fishers dispersed in this area across many islands and many villages. The main fishing is conducted on small wooden boats, however some are changing to fiber. In total I encountered 155 fishermen, 100 of whom registered wooden vessels, 22 registered fiber and 33 of whom were not fishing at the time of data collection due to it being the cloves and nutmeg harvest season, which meant they were involving in this rather than fishing. It is very nice that the fishers in the region were very enthusiastic and open-minded with regard to the PVR data collection and registration process.

I travelled further to the Sula Islands, including the city of Falabisahaya, a small town made famous due to it once being crowded with more than 10 thousand factory workers in the 80s and 90s. This region hosted mainly Ambon-made fiber boats.

After finishing the data collection in the Sula Islands, I headed to Ternate City and Bacan City to help the training for fishermen held by AP2HI. The training focused on tuna from handling activities and passing on information to fishers on how to maintain its quality once it is caught. The training was attended by 118 traditional fishermen from Mandioli Island, Gomumu Island, and Soligi Coastal Village.

Other sites of interest I passed through included Morotai Island. According to the stories of local people, Morotai was once used as an American base on the Pacific war by General Mc. Arthur. On Morotai Island, more vessels were added to the PVR registry with many vessels here being Manado built fiber vessels. Many of the fishermen in this area are from Manado originally.

Data collection in Morotai marked the end of  23 days Proactive Vessel Register (PVR) Awareness and Verification trip in North Maluku.  A number of 190 vessels were registered on the PVR from PT. Nutrindo. I am very happy to be a part of this PVR project and I have a high expectation that PVR project can give small scale vessels the opportunity to tell their story with regards to their effort ‘to do the right thing’. Best wishes from beautiful North Maluku!

PVR Awareness to Fishermen. Photo Credit: MDPI

“Parking lots” in Soligi Coastal Village. Photo Credit: MDPI

Writer: Zulung Zach Walyandra

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