Stories from the field… Stakeholder workshop: Discussing improvement of competitiveness of Toli-toli fisheries through certification

7 Jan 2017
Indah Rufiati

MDPI , in collaboration with Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) Toli-toli Regency, held a workshop on Wednesday, October 26 2016 in Toli-toli. The workshop was attended by 40 stakeholders: industry, fishers association, fishermen, Universitas Madako, NGO Bahari Nusantara, Dinas Perhubungan, Dinas Satu Atap Perijinan, BAPPEDA (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Daerah) and Fish Quarantin. In addition to these stakeholders, there were representatives from local media sources: Rakyat Pos newspaper and Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) Toli-toli.

Indonesian tuna (from Maluku islands) has been Fair Trade certified since 2014, the first in the world to be certified under Fair Trade’s Capture Fisheries Standard. Implementation is in collaboration with the supply chain actors, also giving value to the fishermen who join the program. Fair trade is a simple way to make sure every purchase counts: when consumers buy a product with a Fair Trade certified label, they know the fishermen and workers who produce it get a fair return for their hard work. This means that prices and wages are better, safer working conditions, environmental protection, and the fishers receive a monetary award, called the Premium Fund. The Premium Fund is calculated as a percentage of the ex-vessel price of fish. 70% of this fund can be spent on community projects and 30% must be spent on environmental projects.

PT. Blue Ocean Grace International (BOGI) is one of the companies within the Fair Trade supply chain, based in Bitung and with a tuna fishery supply chain in Toli-toli, Mina Jaya Bahari (MJB). These companies are committed to help in assisting the implementation of the Fair Trade standard, which also requires compliance with national government regulations.

To improve the communication between government representatives and other stakeholders, a workshop was convened to explain the Fair Trade program and to discuss improvements to Toli-toli fishery management. The workshop was divided into three sessions: 1) Presentations, Questions and Answers; 2) Open Discussion and 3) Group Discussion. Later, all of the participants were divided into five groups, each group picking one main issue/topic related to Toli-toli tuna fishery management. Here are the results:

From the discussion, we can see there is a huge commitment to collaboratively manage the fishery. The stakeholders are keen to have a follow up workshop to potentially formally establish a co-management system and to collaboratively pursue sustainable fisheries in Toli-toli.

Writer: Widi Artanti

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