• MDPI, Anova, and Harta Samudra Receive Award for Traceability Implementation

    24 Jun 2019
    Moch Syifa

    JAKARTA, June 18, 2019 – MDPI Foundation, Anova, and Harta Samudra collaborated with Bumble Bee Seafoods and the German-based company SAP logistics to successfully implement blockchain technology for strengthening traceability in supply chains sourcing from small-scale handline fisheries. This implementation is the first in Indonesia and the world for small-scale fisheries.

    Blane Olson, Director of Anova Technical Services, LLC said that blockchain has an important role in seafood traceability. “Blockchain is the ultimate tool to combine all existing seafood related technologies, into a common stream, to ensure transparency, traceability, food safety accountability and legal reported fisheries activities from the fishing vessel to the end consumer.” said Blane.

    This successful improvement of traceability is also a benefit for Indonesian handline fisheries. This shows that Indonesia can continue to be a front runner in the efforts to successfully implement sustainability measures in fisheries. Fishermen can demonstrate that they operate within a traceable and legal supply chain, and can be guaranteed of the related Fair Trade Premium Fund being reliably and quickly calculated from their catch.

    As a form of appreciation for the success in implementing traceability in small-scale fisheries, the event Luncheon will be held on June 18, 2019 along with MDPI, Anova, and Harta Samudra partners. The purpose of this event is to commemorate the presentation of the SAP Innovation Award for Social Hero to MDPI, Anova Food, and Harta Samudra for their current work on blockchain technology and the implementation of Fair Trade in Indonesia in small-scale handline yellowfin tuna fisheries. The three partners are honored to receive this award, selected from 433 candidates globally.

    TraceTales is an innovative traceability system developed by MDPI, with support from the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership. TraceTales was instrumental in facilitating the successful implementation of the blockchain technology for the Indonesian yellowfin handline supply chain. The TraceTales solution will be an important industry leading platform to integrate additional fisheries throughout Indonesia to increase supply chain visibility, optimization, and full transparency of the Indonesia fish industry.

    Saut Tampubolon, Executive Director of MDPI said that developing traceability system is very challenging. “It can be very challenging to implement Blockchain technology for a small-scale fishery, composed of thousands of independent one-manned vessels and operating on remote islands, but MDPI has made it happen by developing a software solution for seafood processors capturing, storing, and managing product data electronically, “TRACETALES”. MDPI is committed to continuing the development of the TraceTales system to support the achievement of sustainable fisheries management from an environmental, social and economic perspective. On this occasion, we are very proud to receive this award, encouraging us to be a leader in innovating Indonesian fisheries for the future,” added Saut.


    TraceTales and SAP blockchain is currently installed in PT Harta Samudra in two processing plants: in Ambon, and Buru. It is also installed in PT Aneka Sumber Tata Bahari Tulehu, Central Maluku and in PT Blue Ocean Grace International (BOGI) Bitung, North Sulawesi. Since 2018, nearly 2,300 tons of frozen loin product from the five plants can be traced using the TraceTales system.

    The TraceTales system will be available to all Indonesian seafood processors and MDPI will work with industry to expand and improve Indonesian seafood traceability, food safety, transparency and sustainability and, hence improving the worldwide business success of Indonesian Seafood Companies.

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  • Fair Trade Program Manager

    21 Jun 2019
    Position          : Fair Trade Program Manager
    Location         : Denpasar,
    Bali – Indonesia
       : Contract Fixed Term Hired
    Report to
            : Program Director
    Organization Descriptions:

    Masayarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) Foundation support the development of the fishing communities and supply chains of these fisheries through programs that support economic improvements and social stability for the people. These activities are conducted within the supply chain of varied seafood products by supporting industry to support sustainability fisheries from social aspects and or other market- driven demands.

    MDPI is implementing Fair Trade (FT) Certification for local fishermen with the support from Fair Trade USA (FT USA). Fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fair trade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fair trade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their every day shopping.

    The Fair Trade Manager is responsible for ensuring that the various FT projects implemented by MDPI are structured well, are developing according to planned milestones, are achieving aspired objectives and are creating the type of improvements within the community as the standard and the program aims for. The manager should collaborate well with industry partners, with the assessment certification bodies and with the standard holder (FT USA) to ensure that the various projects are in line with the views and requirments of each of these parties.

    Job Function: To manage the FT program. The FT manager is repsonsible for ensiring that current projects progress, that new projects are developed and that cooridnation between various project partners is maintained. The role of the manager is to ensure that the project structure is stable, that implementation of the project is well coordinated and that a high level of project acheivement is attained.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Uunderstand FT and its importance for the development of small scale fishery communities focusing on social and environmental improvement and understand the fish market and the supply chains involved in this industry
    • Manage, lead and support end to end project cycle (innitiate, planning, excecution, and closure) liaise with internal team and partners (buyer, processors, suppliers, FT USA) to ensuring the FT implementation Program is well structured
    • Identify budget needs of the projects and to develop proposals funding
    • Work with coordination level to identify training needs of staff and project fishermen, develop training programs for staff and project fishermen to meet needs of organization and the standard being implemented, develop evaluation systems which allow for improvement of training and documenting and disseminate key lessons and strategies to appropriate stakeholders
    • Ensure cost-effective and efficient use of resources.
    • To submit regular reporting to relevant program stakeholders
    • Implement monitoring and evaluation system and ensure it matches the needs of the program and program partners
    • Partake in socialization of the program when communicating to potentially interested parties at conferences, meetings, field visits.
    • Build and maintain relationships with cross level partners or parties whom participating within the FT program.
    • Represent MDPI to internal and external stakeholders within target areas, bringing the correct messages about Organization’s stance, causes, and work.
    • Develop systems for community level analysis and planning, and integrate these into project designs and annual plans for FT, develop annual operating plan and budget for overall Project and individual projects.
    • Provide recommendation to revise plans in response to reflection and learning from the community, field team, and support team
    • Provide support to the organization and the program staff in understanding the issues related to program implementation


    Remarks/Skill needed:

    • Minimum bachelor degree in Management, Business or Economic
    • Expericance in Program management minimum 2 years
    • Provide financial and narrative reports based on donor reporting schedules
    • Excellent command of English both spoken and written
    • Good sufficient computer skill, i.e. MS Office q
    • Able to cope working in a fast pace organization
    • Able to work with minimum supervision, and work with multiple diversity working environment with multi stake holder
    • Willing to frequently travel to implementing areas in Indonesia and/or abroad and willing to work overtime when needed.
    • Willing to travel overseas and or Indonesian remote area if needed

    MDPI is committed to implementing free discrimination recruitment from the elements of SARA (Tribe, Religion, Race and Intergroup), supporting gender equality, anti-trafficking in persons and rejecting all forms of drug use and trafficking.

    Send complete application to MDPI HR via email: career@mdpi.or.id with subject: Application: FT Program Manager, Bali, Indonesia

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  • Training Specialist (TS)

    20 May 2019

    JOB FUNCTION: This is an exciting new position available at MDPI. The successful candidate will engage with the program teams to develop training materials and workshops to support local stakeholders’ capacity to engage in natural resource management. The TS will work with the Program Director and Program Managers to develop, conduct and evaluate training materials and programs to advance community capacity to engage in fisheries management. The focus is on community members in small-scale fisheries communities in Northern Sulawesi, with lessons learned and transferable across MDPI working sites.




    The TS is a new position in the organisation and will be responsible to the Program Director. The TS will work on a variety of tasks related to developing specific training materials for province-based stakeholders. The focus of the training materials is for financial literacy and fisheries management, with an emphasis on building capacity across female suppliers/middlemen and community members. The TS is expected to contribute to other areas of MDPI’s work that fall under community capacity building as necessary and is expected to have a close collaboration with all three of MDPI’s program staff in designing materials. The position will involve travel to the field (remote fishing villages across Indonesia) as well as interaction with a variety of stakeholders, predominantly fishing industry. MDPI is an energetic, innovative and young team and we offer you the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the organisation as we aim to support small-scale fishing communities across eastern Indonesia.



    • Develop training materials and schedules on topics related to, but not limited to, fisheries management and financial literacy, ensuring personal growth of trainees
    • Adjust training content and format based on feedback from trainees and observation of implementation
    • Develop, organize, conduct and evaluate training programs for groups and individuals
    • Create teaching materials and learning literature that are accessible to community members
    • Create budgets for all costs associated with training, and write detailed reports to justify expenditures for reporting to executive management
    • Prepare training locations by ensuring instructors have all of the tools, technical equipment and resources needed to effectively teach a course
    • Maintain a database to ensure training outputs well recorded
    • Assist and report to Program Director
    • Work collaboratively with each department Manager and team as required

    Qualifications and requirements:

    • Bachelor or Masters degree in related field
    • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in developing learning materials for communities in Indonesia
    • Teaching and facilitation skills
    • Ability to assess training needs and objectives
    • Ability to design, develop, implement and evaluate response programs and initiatives on a particular topic (supported by program team as necessary)
    • Familiarity with fisheries management and financial literacy an advantage
    • Analytical thinker and problem solver able to come up with creative solutions to diverse problems
    • Considerate of local cultures and settings
    • Able to work collaboratively with teams and independently
    • Time management skills on projects
    • Ability to stay positive, supportive, and open to new ideas or approaches solutions to solving problems
    • Good command of the English language
    • Considerate of sensitive data and settings

    Working Environment

    • Standard office work environment with travel to the MDPI sites in eastern Indonesia as required

    Timeframe: 12 months; extendable

    Send complete application to MDPI HR via email: career@mdpi.or.id with subject: Application: Training Specialist (TS)

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  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer (MEL Officer)

    20 May 2019

    JOB FUNCTION: This is an exciting new position available at MDPI. The successful candidate will engage with the program teams and directors to ensure the success of MDPI programs is documented, shared and enable improvements based on findings. The MEL Officer will work with the Program Director to develop and implement monitoring strategies within MDPI, to better understand and improve MDPI program success and impact.



    The MEL Officer is a new position in the organization and will be responsible to the Program Director. The MEL Officer will focus on developing and systemizing existing results frameworks for various MDPI data collection and community development initiatives. The MEL Officer will support program staff in designing and implementing activities that can demonstrate impact and will work closely with all three program departments. Monitoring fisheries and gender-based activities will be the main focus of the MEL Officer’s work, with other monitoring activities added as necessary. The position will involve travel to the field (remote fishing villages across eastern Indonesia) as well as interaction with a variety of stakeholders, predominantly fishing industry. MDPI is an energetic, innovative and young team and we offer you the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the organization as we aim to support small-scale fishing communities across eastern Indonesia.




    • Develop, implement and update the MEL strategy and frameworks for MDPI, to ensure they track with organizational development and project specifications
    • Support staff in developing, implementing and refining MEL strategies per program, building capacity
    • Develop indicators for monitoring in collaboration with program staff and support in the data collection plan per indicator
    • Lead the analysis and recommendations output from information gathered by the MEL strategy
    • Maintain a database to ensure all program ouputs and results are accurately recorded and coordinated to inform program staff
    • Provide timely and quality support and coaching to the program heads to meet with their specific MEL needs
    • Develop case studies as required
    • Participate in initiatives to share lessons learned and good practices, both within MDPI and with partner organizations and wider network
    • Contribute to routine donor reporting with MEL findings as required and assist in developing communications material for program staff
    • Advise the Program Director and Program Managers on topics and projects to be monitored
    • Ensure good communication with both Bali-based and field-based teams


    Qualifications and requirements:

    • Bachelor degree in MEL or related field, Masters an advantage
    • At least five years’ experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning implementation
    • Experience designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks within the environmental and / or NGO sphere, including design of results frameworks and managing external evaluations
    • Experience in analyzing and presenting data effectively for a wide range of audiences
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Bahasa Indonesia
    • Fast learner, capable of working under pressure and meeting multiple deadlines as a team-player
    • Experience working with USAID projects or other international development agencies an advantage
    • Familiarity with Results Chains, logframes and various workplan formats
    • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform systems
    • Enthusiastic about joining a diverse and inclusive work environment

    Working Environment

    • Standard office work environment with travel to the MDPI sites in eastern Indonesia as required

    Timeframe: 12 months; extendable


    Send complete application to MDPI HR via email: career@mdpi.or.id with subject: Application: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer (MEL Officer)

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  • Magang Programmer

    13 May 2019

    Mendukung Pengembangan Sistem Ketertelusuran

    dalam Rantai Pasokan Perikanan Artisan Skala Kecil


    MDPI berpengalaman dalam mengembangkan dan menguji inisiatif ketertelusuran untuk perikanan artisan skala kecil dalam beberapa tahun terakhir ini. Sebagian besar pekerjaan tersebut berada di bawah dua proyek ketertelusuran IFITT dan NWO, serta sebuah proyek kecil yang berfokus mendukung industri Indonesia untuk memenuhi persyaratan lacak balak (chain of custody, CoC) dari MSC. Belum lama ini, MDPI telah bekerja sama dengan USAID Oceans untuk mendukung pengembangan sistem elektronik Dokumentasi dan Ketertelusuran Tangkapan (Catch Documentation and Traceability) untuk perikanan artisan skala kecil. Banyak pekerjaan yang sedang dilakukan untuk mengembangkan solusi teknologi untuk perikanan skala besar, sementara sektor artisan skala kecil sering tertinggal dalam pengembangan ini. Bagaimanapun, sering kali persyaratan kepatuhan yang sama diterapkan pada perikanan artisan skala kecil untuk persyaratan ekspor atau untuk peraturan tingkat nasional. MDPI secara khusus bertujuan untuk mengembangkan sistem dan mendukung teknologi yang ditujukan untuk sektor perikanan artisan skala kecil dan yang merupakan sumber terbuka (open source) atau berbiaya rendah agar dapat diakses oleh sebanyak mungkin pelaku perikanan artisan skala kecil.


    Melalui pendekatan ini, MDPI bertujuan untuk mendukung kepatuhan dengan kegiatan perikanan legal, teregulasi, dan terlaporkan (LLR), daripada membiarkan sektor perikanan artisan skala kecil dilupakan atau tidak diperhatikan. Di bawah proyek-proyek tersebut, MDPI berpengalaman dalam mengembangkan dan menerapkan sistem ketertelusuran tingkat pemasok dan tingkat pengolah.


    Karyawan magang akan bekerja di tiga kegiatan MDPI berikut ini:

    • Membantu dan bekerja dengan pengembang peranti lunak senior untuk pengembangan sistem/peranti lunak.
    • Mengembangkan dan menguji peranti lunak agar bebas dari kekutu (bug). Memastikan peranti lunak/sistem berjalan dengan baik.
    • Mendukung pengguna di tempat terpencil termasuk instalasi, pelatihan pengguna, perbaikan kekutu (bug) dan penyelesaikan masalah, serta sistem pencarian dan penyelesaian masalah.
    • Memiliki pengalaman dalam bahasa pemrogaman struktur dan berorientasi obyek pemrograman akan menjadi nilai tambah
    • Memiliki keterampilan untuk menyiapkan jejaring komputer (setup LAN) dan masalah komputer (troubleshooting computer)



    • Berpengalaman dalam C# Essential.
    • Lebih disukai bila berpengalaman dalam pengembangan API, penggunaan GitHub, sistem database dan aplikasi web.
    • Lancar berbahasa Indonesia dengan kemahiran berbahasa Inggris.
    • Saat ini sedang menuntut ilmu magister di bidang terkait TI.
    • Lebih disukai yang berpengalaman kerja TI.
    • Bersedia melakukan perjalanan dan bekerja di kawasan timur Indonesia.


    Durasi magang adalah minimum 4 bulan, lebih disukai hingga 6 bulan. Posisi karyawan magang terbuka untuk mahasiswa tingkat magister Indonesia dan internasional dan MDPI dapat memberikan dukungan biaya hidup sesuai standar di Indonesia. Biaya perjalanan menuju atau dari Indonesia, serta aplikasi visa tidak akan ditanggung oleh MDPI, namun kami akan membantu persyaratan yang diperlukan.

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  • Intern for Interoperability

    2 May 2019

    Position                                : Intern for Interoperability
    Location                               : Denpasar, Bali – Indonesia
    Employment                       : Internship Program
    Report to                             : Supply Chain Manager


    MDPI has experience in developing and trialing traceability initiatives for small-scale fisheries in recent years. This work was predominantly under two traceability projects IFITT and NWO, as well as a smaller project focused on supporting Indonesian industry to meet MSC chain of custody requirements. More recently, MDPI has been working with USAID Oceans to support the development of electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability systems for small-scale fisheries. MDPI is specifically aiming to develop systems and support technology aimed at the small-scale sector and that are either Open Source or low cost to be accessible to as many small-scale actors as possible. Through this approach, MDPI aims to support compliance with Legal, Regulated and Reported (LLR) activities, rather than allowing the small-scale sector to be excused or to fall under the radar. The initiatives trialed to date by MDPI include:

    • Spot Trace devices
    • Time-lapse cameras
    • FlyWire camera
    • Pelagic Data System
    • I-Fish app
    • TraceTales
    • Supplier app: Our Fish and Trafiz an app app developed for suppliers

    The next step in MDPI’s work is to integrate the data from various technologies and various chain nodes to provide complete information and data on the journey of a fish once caught in a small-scale fishery. Initial thoughts on how to achieve and implement this include blockchain technology, connecting existing technologies by API’s or using the DEX model proposed by USAID Oceans. The final system needs to take into account:

    • Data sharing agreements
    • Data security
    • Key Data Elements (KDEs)
    • Costs
    • Industry and government preferences
    • Interoperability capacity

    The intern position will identify alternative ideas and identify appropriate ways to link technologies. This may be done by creating partnerships with other organizations, learning and adopting from existing systems and or creating simple in-house solutions that allow for simple data transfer by industry users to existing systems (such as in-house ERP systems).

    The technologies and systems currently in use or in development were developed specifically for tuna supply chains and actors. To make these solutions applicable and scalable to other small-scale fisheries in Indonesia, some customization and development will be required.

    The Intern will work with MDPI and its partners on the following three activities:

    • Evaluate current technology solutions and data collection initiatives underway within MDPI-supported company supply chains and pilot projects
    • Evaluate what adjustments need to be made to existing traceability pilots for them to be scaled up across fisheries
    • Make recommendations on the best approach for creating integration of data, interoperability, between supply chain nodes, including financing options for industry to engage in using these solutions. The technology options and the financing of these need to take the limitations of the small-scale sector into account

    The outcome of this work is a report providing recommendations on the best approaches for integrating data across supply chain codes and between technology pilots as well as incentivizing wider expansion of the devices across the sector.


    • Currently studying a masters in fisheries or IT related subject
    • Previous IT work experience desirable
    • Knowledge of fisheries supply chains is a plus

    The intern position is open to both Indonesian and international Master’s students and MDPI can support with Indonesian-based costs. Costs of travel to/from Indonesia and visa applications will not be covered by MDPI but we will assist the requirements as necessary.

     MDPI is committed to implementing free discrimination recruitment from the elements of SARA (Tribe, Religion, Race and Intergroup), supporting gender equality, anti-trafficking in persons and rejecting all forms of drug use and trafficking.

    Send complete application to MDPI HR via email: career@mdpi.or.id with subject: Application: Interoperability Internship Program

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  • FAD Inventory with Tuna Handline Fishermen at Oeba PPI

    23 Apr 2019
    Moch Syifa

    FADs or Fish Aggregating Devices may be unfamiliar to some people. But, for tuna fishermen around Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, the word rumpon or FADs is familiarly heard almost everyday. FADs are man-made floating objects, designed to encourage fish aggregation at the device and can be either floating or anchored. The materials used can vary, with attractors made of coconut leaves. Fishermen use FADs as a tool improve fishing efficiency. Therefore, rumpon or FADs have been part of their lives.

    However, various studies reveal that the use of massive and dense FADs affects the natural schooling of fish, so that fish are collected in one place, and that there is potential for juvenile tuna and non-target species to be caught. Moreover, the installation of FADs that do not have permits and is placed irregularly can lead to horizontal conflicts between fishermen and disrupt sea shipping lanes.

    Looking at the two sides that emerge from the use of FADs, management of FADs is one of the prerequisites for continuing to be used in carrying out sustainable fishing both economically, socially and ecologically. For this reason, various discussion forums have been carried out as an initial step in FADs management, such as the Data Management Committee meeting Tuna, Cakalang, Tongkol (TCT) VII East Nusa Tenggara Province which was initiated by MDPI together with Marine Affairs and Fisheries (DKP) East Nusa Tenggara Province and tuna business. The last meeting was the socialization of FADs arrangement conducted by MDPI and DKP East Nusa Tenggara Province on September 27, 2018, Kupang. The meeting resulted in an agreement in carrying out the initial action in the form of FAD inventory as a data base for better management of FADs.

    Based on that reason, at the beginning of last October the MDPI field staff began conducting inventory of FADs. It is not easy to gather fishermen in one place in digging up FADs information. For this reason, we started visiting one by one tuna fishermen who were at the PPI Oeba (Fish Landing Base). With the form prepared by the East Nusa Tenggara DKP, field staff began to conduct interviews with tuna fishermen. The fishermen were happy in conveying information about FADs that they have for the needs of this inventory. They provided information about FADs coordinate points and the number of FADs they have.

    Fishermen organizations, such as UD. Bara, UD Tunas Harapan and CV. Sanjaya Fleet were also very helpful in providing information. The results of the inventory we obtained that tuna fishermen based in the Oeba PPI had 41 FADs consisting of 10 owner groups from 36 vessels. Patong, a tuna hand line fisherman at the Oeba PPI, said “Collaboration between FADs is one of the mutual cooperation groups to be able to share the manufacturing costs, but the data on the FAD location should not be known by ships outside the group because fishing can occur in FADs”.

    This practice can certainly be one of the principles for managing FADs in the future, where each ship does not need to have one or more FADs in private so that it can reduce the density of FADs at sea. Meanwhile, Asis, another fisherman, said “In order to get through this FADs inventory, there is a follow-up action from the government to legalize FADs they have through the issuance of SIPR (Rumpon Installation License), and their FADs are free of shipping lanes” said Asis.


    Written by: Alief Darmawan

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  • Public Lecture on Small-Scale Fisheries Issue at Mataram University

    9 Apr 2019
    Moch Syifa

    SHARING EXPERIENCE: MDPI Intern, Kai Garcia Neefjes, talked in front of the students at Mataram University. Photo: MDPI

    MATARAM- Ahmad Riza Baroqi, MDPI co-management officer and Kai García Neefjes, an MDPI Intern, had an opportunity to held a public lecture to 83 Aquaculture students and two lecturers of Mataram University. They talked about small-scale fisheries issues based on their fisheries co-management experiences.

    During this session, the scenarios of Southern Belize and several sites of Indonesia were introduced and explained. The lecture started with Kai García Neefjes briefly explaining the co-management theory, followed up with a description of the fisheries management status in Southern Belize, Central America (country where Kai performed field work in 2018) and some results from the work.

    In the second session, Riza Baroqi continued with the presentation, explaining the current work of MDPI in six provinces of Indonesia: NTB, NTT, Maluku, Maluku Utara, Sulawesi Selatan and Sulawesi Utara. The Fisheries Co-management Committee (FCMC) and the importance of stakeholder participation were also explained within the presentation. Moreover, the individual and collective roles from the key stakeholders of the FCMC were also mentioned.  The last part of the presentation was the comparison of advantages and disadvantages of the fisheries management in Southern Belize and the sites of Indonesia. These served as good examples for the students because they present two different places in the world that are aiming for sustainable small-scale fisheries.

    Once the lecture finished, Kai and Riza decided to involve the students by asking input, thoughts, and questions regarding the presentation. The students actively participated in lively discussions and asked interesting questions that showed the interest and the will of understanding the topic. This lecture triggered the interest of the Mataram University lecturers to continue performing such informative sessions. The previous experiences from MDPI interns alongside the current work of MDPI, can be useful for the new and current generation of students to think about relevant topics regarding fisheries management.


    Written by: Kai Garcia Neefjes

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  • Terus Lakukan Pendataan demi Perikanan yang Berkelanjutan

    9 Apr 2019
    Moch Syifa

    WAPREA- Sore itu, Sabtu 26 Januari 2019, cuaca di sekitar pantai yang ada di Desa Waprea, Buru Utara, Maluku terasa lebih bersahabat. Angin pantai berhembus perlahan dan terasa begitu sejuk. Saya pun tidak menyia-nyiakan kesempatan itu. Saya berdiri di halaman belakang kantor MDPI yang memang langsung menghadap ke pantai.

    Tampak pula anak-anak Desa Waprea yang bermain-main di sekitar pantai. Mereka berkejar-kejaran di sepanjang pantai. Sebagian dari mereka ada pula yang tampak asyik berenang dan menyelam di birunya air laut yang ada di kawasan itu. Memang, menyelam di pantai yang ada di Desa Waprea ini sungguh menyenangkan. Airnya yang masih jernih, ditambah dengan terumbu karang dan ikan-ikan yang berwarna-warni, memberikan pemandangan yang luar biasa menakjubkan.

    Tidak hanya anak-anak. Sore itu, ibu-ibu istri nelayan juga terlihat menuju ke pantai sambil membawa wadah berwarna hitam. Mereka lantas duduk-duduk di bawah sebuah pohon rindang yang di kanan kirinya ada beberapa perahu kecil berukuran sembilan meter. Kegiatan seperti itu memang sudah menjadi rutinitas setiap sore para istri nelayan. Mereka setia menunggu sang suami pulang dari melaut. Tentu saja, mereka berharap sang suami bisa pulang dengan selamat dan membawa ikan tuna yang banyak dan hasilnya bisa untuk mencukupi kebutuhan keluarga sehari-hari.

    Sejenak kemudian, datanglah Ikhsan Bessy. Pemuda 27 tahun itu datang mendekat ke arah saya sambil membawa caliper, alat ukur sepanjang dua meter, yang setiap harinya selalu setia menemani Ikhsan mengukur panjang ikan tuna. Cano, begitu dia akrab disapa oleh rekan-rekannya, saat ini tergabung di Yayasan MDPI sebagai Sustainability Facilitator (SF). Cano sendiri adalah pemuda asli Desa Waprea yang sebelumnya sempat bekerja sebagai nelayan tuna pancing ulur. Saya dan Cano lantas berjalan bersama menuju ke kerumunan ibu-ibu.

    Sembari menunggu sang suami pulang, para istri nelayan tersebut banyak bercerita mengenai kehidupan sehari-hari. Termasuk mengenai pekerjaan sang suami sebagai nelayan. “Beta pung Pae Tua, pigi melaut tadi pagi sekitar jam 6 pagi, semoga sa antua hari ini dapat rahmat agar nanti katong bisa dapat asar kepala tuna terus katong bisa makan rame-rame (Suami saya berangkat melaut sekitar jam 6 pagi, semoga hari ini dia mendapatkan rezki, supaya nanti kita bisa bakar kepal tuna dan makan bersama-sama, Red),” kata Ibu Saiya, salah satu istri nelayan, yang tengah mengasuh anaknya yang baru berusia tiga tahun.

    Sore itu, Ibu Saiya tengah menunggu Pak Hayunan, sang suami, pulang dari melaut. Ibu Saiya menceritakan bahwa hasil tangkapan ikan sang suami sekarang sudah banyak berubah jika dibandingkan dengan sebelumnya. Kini hasil tangkapan tidak menentu, bahkan seringkali pulang tanpa hasil tangkapan.  Sementara operasional sekali penangkapan mencapai Rp 300 ribu hingga Rp 400 ribu.

    Cerita dari Ibu Saiya tersebut membuat saya terenyuh. Betapa tidak, jika hasil tangkapan ‘kosong’ terus-menerus, bagaimana mungkin nelayan skala kecil tersebut memenuhi kebutuhan hidup mereka. Sementara lautan menjadi tumpuan hidup satu-satunya untuk memenuhi kebutuhan sehari-hari.

    Tidak terasa, obrolan saya bersama para istri nelayan tersebut berlangsung cukup lama. Hingga tiba-tiba terlihat matahari kian turun mendekati air laut yang artinya hari akan semakin gelap. Namun sayangnya perahu yang ditunggu-tunggu belum kunjung tiba.

    Sambil terus menunggu perahu nelayan mendarat, saya pun terlibat obrolan yang semakin dalam. Kali ini tidak hanya dengan Cano, tetapi ikut bergabung rekan-rekan MDPI lainnya. Ada Asis , Miun dan Untung. Obrolan kami masih sama, yakni tentang kekhawatiran para nelayan apabila hasil tangkapan tidak bisa maksimal lagi. Termasuk bagaimana agar para nelayan tuna di Pualau Buru dapat terus menangkap ikan secara berkelanjutan.

    Kami lalu sepakat bahwa salah satu cara agar penangkapan ikan bisa terus berkelanjutan adalah melalui pendataan hasil tangkapan. “Data yang berkualitas baik dan memiliki kuantitas yang cukup dapat menjadi sumber informasi yang baik bagi para peneliti dan pemeritah dalam mengkaji stok ikan di laut,” kata saya memulai lagi pembicaraan.

    “Sehingga dapat dilakukan manajemen perikanan yang baik untuk menjadikan ikan tuna tetap lestari dan dapat terus dimanfaatkan keberadanaannya,” lanjut saya. Itu merupakan kalimat-kalimat penyemangat yang sering menjadi pegangan kami selaku pengambil data sampling ikan tuna pada nelayan skala kecil. Tentunya sebagai anak nelayan yang berasal dari Pulau Buru, baik Asis, Miun, Untung dan Cano sangat memegang teguh kata-kata tersebut. Mereka tidak ingin, nelayan yang berada di kampung mereka tidak dapat lagi menangkap ikan tuna. Begitulah kami berdiskusi dalam saling mengingatkan pentingnya data.

    Tidak terasa, matahari pun kini benar-benar sudah terbenam di lautan, menciptakan suasa gelap. Tampak dari kejauhan beberapa lampu kelap-kelip semakin mendekat ke arah pantai. Tidak diragukan lagi, itu adalah lampu kode yang dipasang nelayan di atas kapal untuk menghindari kapal agar tidak tertabrak kapal lain pada saat malam hari.

    Ibu Saiya dan para istri nelayan yang lainnya memasang potongan-potongan kayu yang biasa mereka sebut “langgi” secara berjejer di atas pasir. Ketika Pak Hayunan berlabuh, kami pun langsung mengambil posisi untuk membantu mendorong kapal tersebut menuju darat. Sekitar 10 orang mendorong kapal tersebut secara perlahan-lahan dengan bantuan langgi dapat didorong sampai di darat.

    Selepas itu, Cano langsung merentangkan kalipernya untuk mengukur panjang tuna, kemudian menimbang berat ikan tuna. Tidak lupa, Cano melakukan wawancara kepada Pak Hayunan tentang biaya operasional yang terpakai seperti penggunaan es, penggunaan BBM, lama memancing, dan data biologi berupa daerah tangkap, jenis Umpan dan keberadaan hewan ETP (endangered, threatened, and protected) yang berinteraksi dengan nelayan. Berkat kerja sama yang baik dari para nelayan, Cano dapat menyelesaikan data sampling hanya dalam waktu lima menit.

    Menariknya, Cano menulis data-data tersebut tidak di atas kertas, namun langsung dalam smart phone yang dimilikinya menggunakan I-fish apps. Sebuah terobosan baru bergaya elektronik yang dibuat dalam bentuk aplikasi untuk pengumpulan data sampling pada perikanan tuna pancing ulur skala kecil yang dibuat dan dikembangkan oleh MDPI sejak 2018. Sebanyak 167 data sampling yang sudah terkumpul dari Buru dengan menggunakan aplikasi ini.

    Melalui I-Fish apps tersebut penggunaaan kertas dapat diminimalisasi dan dapat mempersingkat proses penginputan. Jika sebelumnya, semua data ditulis dalam formulir kertas, kemudian dimasukkan ke dalam form excel untuk selanjutnya diunggah ke database yang menghabiskan waktu yang cukup lama. Namun kini hanya dalam satu langkah, data sudah tersedia dalam aplikasi. Aplikasi ini juga dapat digunakan di daerah terpencil yang sulit dengan akses internet seperti di Desa Waprea. Untuk diunggah ke database, Cano hanya membutuhkan sedikit koneksi internet, karena data ini juga tidak berat kapasitasnya. Yang paling terpenting adalah, aplikasi ini dapat mempercepat proses pengiriman data, sehingga data yang terkumpul dapat diakses dengan cepat dan dalam kondisi paling terkini. Dengan demikian dapat membantu dalam mengumpulkan data yang baik dan berkualitas dengan jumlah yang cukup bagi pemerintah dan para peneliti dalam mengkaji stock perikanan tuna dalam merumuskan manajemen yang baik dalam mewujudkan perikanan tuna yang berkelanjutan.

    “Aplikasi ini memang baru bagi katong, tetapi harus katong pakai terus menerus agar terus terbiasa, mengingat I-fish apps dapat mempercepat proses pengumpulan data dan penginputan data, sehingga katong seng perlu matawana (bagadang) untuk masukkan lagi ke dalam data excel. Namun kedepannya I-fish apps ini agar terus dikembangkan agar dapat semakin baik,” ungkap Cano usai melakukan pendataan sampling tuna.

    Ditulis oleh: Putra Satria Timur

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  • Sustainability Facilitator – Sangihe

    22 Mar 2019

    Posisi                         : Sustainability Facilitator
    Lokasi                         : Sangihe – Sulawesi Utara
    Kepegawaian           : Kontrak
    Melapor kepada     : Site Supervisor
    Deskripsi :

    Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) bekerjasama dengan USAID Oceans untuk mendukung  tujuan program perikanan yang berkelanjutan membutuhkan seorang Sustainability Facilitator  yang akan mengemban tugas sebagai berikut:

    Pengumpulan data

    • Melakukan pendataan perikanan dengan metode port sampling
    • Memastikan pendataan dilakukan sesuai dengan prosedur pengerjaan standar (SOP)
    • Melakukan input data yang sudah dikumpulkan
    • Bekoordinasi dan bekerjasama dengan para pegawai di pendaratan ikan/ pemasok/ prosesor dan nelayan saat melaksanakan program port sampling
    • Melakukan aktifitas lainnya;

    Implementasi Program Fairtrade dan Program ketertelusuran

    • Implementasi dan sosialisasi program ke komunitas nelayan
    • Mengikuti standard memfasilitasi dan mengatur perangkat dan keperluan kegiatan di lokasi sekitar
    • Melakukan aktifitas lainnya terkait program


    Berperan serta secara aktif di kegiatan lainnya, seperti; keterlibatan masyarakat, kegiatan pendaratan, menghadiri pertemuan, mensosialisasikan Fairtrade dan lain-lain.

    Kebutuhan / Skill yang dibutuhkan::

    • Menempuh studi jurusan strata 1 bidang Perikanan/Kelautan atau yang terkait (S1 atau sederajat pada jurusan lain dipersilahkan melamar, SMA/SLTA dengan pengalaman kerja 1 tahun)
    • Miliki motivasi dan inisiatif yang baik untuk mempelajari industri perikanan
    • Fresh graduate dipersilahkan untuk melamar
    • Memahami pentingnya perikanan berkelanjutan untuk Indonesia
    • Skill yang dibutuhkan: Office (MS Office, seperti: Excel, Word)
    • Putra/Putri daerah setempat, lebih disukai
    • Tertantang bekerja di daerah terpencil
    • Mampu bekerja dalam tim baik internal maupun mitra eksternal (stakeholder lain atau pihak terkait)

    MDPI berkomitmen untuk menerapkan rekrutmen bebas diskriminasi dari unsur SARA (Suku, Agama, Ras dan Antar Golongan), mendukung  kesetaraan gender, anti perdagangan manusia dan menolak segala bentuk penggunaan dan perdagangan narkotika.

    Lamaran ditujukan kepada HRD MDPI paling lambat tanggal  29 Maret 2019, kirimkan lamaran lengkap via email ke: career@mdpi.or.id dengan judul email Application: SF – Sangihe

    Informasi lebih lanjut:

    Addres    : Istana Regency Blok S No. 7 Pesanggaran, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
    facebook : www.fb.com/mdpifoundation twitter: @mdpindonesia
    website   : www.mdpi.or.id

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