So, how does MDPI ensure data quality and general work quality in the field?

29 Aug 2017
Indah Rufiati
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The Fishery Improvement Team (FIT) explains their approach…

We conducted our second quarterly coordination meeting in Bali from July 10 – 12. This meeting was attended by Regional Supervisors (RS) from the field: Juhrin, Karel, Riza and Bali-based team: Aditya, Momo, Wildan, Nuri, Mika, Timur and Fina.

The aim of the meeting was to evaluate the FIT work from January until June 2017. Programs, issues found, data validation, work plan and interpersonal coordination and how to overcome the general problems we experience from day to day.

General issue that was found from each region are: there is incomplete data, for example there is only data about fish weight without fish length; sampling was not conducted based on the sampling method, misidentification of the bycatch species, incorrect bycatch fish codes and late data submission.

Aditya as the executive director of MDPI and Momo as the Director of Programs and Research gave encouragement and reminded us to look back at the job description, make (and keep!!! 😊) deadlines for reports and program so that the programs will be well executed.

In the final meeting session, we discussed about the log book. MDPI is working with the USAID SEA project and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) to help in reviewing fish catch log books in the small scale sector. By identifying issues with current implementation we hope to make recommendations for improvements to be done which will make it easier for fishermen to fill in the data. The general consensus is that the current log book format is quite complicated and difficult for fishermen to complete, especially the small scale fishermen. This review is ongoing and results will be worked on in the coming months.

The coordination meetings are important for us because MDPI has several sites in Eastern Indonesia from Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Maluku, Maluku Utara and Papua. Better coordination is highly needed to make sure that each program is running well in each site. In MDPI, we are committed to collect the small-scale fishery data with the best quality in order to support government in using data as the basis for decision making and good management.

We may not have perfect data from every site but our opinion is that by constantly reviewing our processes that we will continue to improve… Indonesian fisheries data is improving year on year and we hope MDPI is in somehow capable to contribute to this!

Forward we go team FI!!!! 😊 😊

Writer: A. Riza Baroqi

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