• Quality and Fish Handling Training for Small-scale Fishermen in Bone, Sulawesi Selatan

    19 Oct 2017
    Indah Rufiati
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    On September 7, MDPI held a fish handling training for small-scale fishermen in Bone. This training was conducted in collaboration with Politeknik Perikanan Bone and Bali Seafood Laboratory. This activity was attended by 28 fishermen and suppliers. Among the guests were Mr. Febian Budianto, Kepala Seksi (Section Chief) of SDI (Sumber Daya Ikan/Fishery Resource) DKP (Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan) Sulawesi Selatan Province, also the secretary of DMC (Data Management Committee) Sulawesi Selatan Province and Mr. Anwar Yusran, the secretary of DKP Bone Regency.  The training was conducted at the house of Mr. Puang Andi Jahi, one of the suppliers in Bone.

    Recently, fishermen and suppliers in Bone became aware that their fish on occasion suffers from low quality and of course this has the potential to affect their income. For that reason, we conducted a fish handling training for them so that they will have comprehensive knowledge about how to maintain good quality of fish.

    Mr. Febian Budianto expressed his appreciation to MDPI who facilitated this activity in his opening speech. He said that this training is one of the most important trainings for people who work in fishery industry, especially for small-scale fishermen who rely predominantly on their income from the fishing activity for their daily needs. If the fish is well maintained, it will automatically increase the price of the fish and hopefully it will improve fishermen welfare as well.

    Histamine level test conducted by Miss Hana. Photo credit: MDPI

    The following topics were covered by the training:

    1. Fish handling onboard and how to maintain the frozen supply chain, by Mr. Muhammad Masykur, S.STPi., M.ST.Pi. In this session, it is explained about how to handle fish on board in good way, such as how to lift the freshly caught fish and move it into the vessel, how to arrange fish in the vessel hold (palka), etc. Details on all requirements on how to follow international standards on food safety were also shared.
    2. Histamine tests on tuna and skipjack tuna, were conducted by Miss Hana from Bali Seafood Laboratory. Test results identified that tuna and skipjack tuna in Bone during the training were all good for consumption, based on Europe and The US standard: histamine level < 40 ppm (parts per million) and 50 ppm.
    3. Traceability and market requirements, by Teguh, MDPI Supply Chain team. In this session, fishermen were given the understanding that the international consumer requests and international bodies regulate for fish that is non IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) and can be traced. Traceability is also important because if there is contaminants in the fish, it can be easily to trace who is the producer, who is the processor, etc.

    Discussions and a lively question and answer session followed. Most of the fishermen were not shy to ask about the topics they didn’t understand yet. To enliven the activity, there were some tumblers and spikes as the spot prize for fishermen who can answer quizzes correctly. Tumblers and spikes are tolls which will help the fishers to further enhance the quality of the fish. Great excitement was experienced during the quiz, such competitive fishermen in Bone! MDPI is glad to conduct this activity and hopefully more fishermen will adhere to the best practice of fish handling they received.

    Writers: Sahril and A. Riza Baroqi

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  • Sustainablity Facilitator – Sangihe

    10 Oct 2017
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    Posisi                    : Sustainablity Facilitator
    Lokasi                   : Sangihe
    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 pengerjan 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, kirimkan lamaran lengkap via email ke: career@mdpi.or.id

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  • Sustainablity Facilitator – Manado

    10 Oct 2017
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    Posisi               : Sustainablity Facilitator
    Lokasi                   : Manado
    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 pengerjan 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, kirimkan lamaran lengkap via email ke: career@mdpi.or.id

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  • Site Supervisor – Sangihe

    10 Oct 2017
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    Posisi                    : Site Supervisor
    Lokasi                   : Sangihe
    Kepegawaian       : Kontrak
    Melapor kepada  : Regional Supervisor
    Deskripsi          :

    Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) bekerjasama dengan USAID Oceans untuk mendukung  tujuan program perikanan yang berkelanjutan membutuhkan seorang Site Supervisor.  Seorang site supervisor diminta untuk bertanggung jawab pada seluruh aktifitas yang dilakukan di site yang ditugaskan, bekerja sama dengan banyak pemangku kepentingan dan menjembatani program organisasi ke pihak luar dan memastikan semua tugas berjalan dengan lancar.

    Fokus utama pada pekerjaan ini adalah:

    1. Pengumpulan Data
    • Menjaga dan memastikan seluruh data sudah benar dan sesuai dengan prosedur standar.
    • Bekoordinasi dan bekerjasama dengan para pegawai di pendaratan ikan/ pemasok/ prosesor dan nelayan saat melaksanakan program port sampling
    • Memastikan seluruh dokumentasi tersimpan dengan benar
    • Melakukan aktifitas lainnya terkait pendataan
    1. Implementasi Program Fairtrade dan Program ketertelusuran
    • Implementasi dan sosialisasi program ke komunitas nelayan
    • Mengikuti standard, memfasilitasi dan mengatur alat/perangkat teknologi atau terkait dengan kegiatan di lokasi sekitar
    • Melakukan aktifitas lainnya terkait program
    1. Manajemen Pegawai dan Program
    • Menjaga dan merawat perlengkapan kantor dan kebutuhan pegawai, memastikan semua operasional berjalan dengan baik lancar
    • Aktifitas lainnya

    Berperan serta secara aktif di kegiatan lainnya, seperti; keterlibatan masyarakat, kegiatan pendaratan, menghadiri pertemuan, mensosialisasikan program 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
    • Memiliki keterampilan kepemimpinan yang kuat
    • Mampu mengelola banyak tugas dan tanggung jawab
    • Memahami pentingnya perikanan berkelanjutan untuk Indonesia
    • Kemampuan yang diperlukan: 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, kirimkan lamaran lengkap via email ke: career@mdpi.or.id

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  • Site Supervisor – Manado

    10 Oct 2017
    mdpi
    171

    Posisi                    : Site Supervisor
    Lokasi                   : Manado
    Kepegawaian       : Kontrak
    Melapor kepada  : Regional Supervisor
    Deskripsi          :

    Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) bekerjasama dengan USAID Oceans untuk mendukung  tujuan program perikanan yang berkelanjutan membutuhkan seorang Site Supervisor.  Seorang site supervisor diminta untuk bertanggung jawab pada seluruh aktifitas yang dilakukan di site yang ditugaskan, bekerja sama dengan banyak pemangku kepentingan dan menjembatani program organisasi ke pihak luar dan memastikan semua tugas berjalan dengan lancar.

    Fokus utama pada pekerjaan ini adalah:

    1. Pengumpulan Data
    • Menjaga dan memastikan seluruh data sudah benar dan sesuai dengan prosedur standar.
    • Bekoordinasi dan bekerjasama dengan para pegawai di pendaratan ikan/ pemasok/ prosesor dan nelayan saat melaksanakan program port sampling
    • Memastikan seluruh dokumentasi tersimpan dengan benar
    • Melakukan aktifitas lainnya terkait pendataan
    1. Implementasi Program Fairtrade dan Program ketertelusuran
    • Implementasi dan sosialisasi program ke komunitas nelayan
    • Mengikuti standard, memfasilitasi dan mengatur alat/perangkat teknologi atau terkait dengan kegiatan di lokasi sekitar
    • Melakukan aktifitas lainnya terkait program
    1. Manajemen Pegawai dan Program
    • Menjaga dan merawat perlengkapan kantor dan kebutuhan pegawai, memastikan semua operasional berjalan dengan baik lancar
    • Aktifitas lainnya

    Berperan serta secara aktif di kegiatan lainnya, seperti; keterlibatan masyarakat, kegiatan pendaratan, menghadiri pertemuan, mensosialisasikan program 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
    • Memiliki keterampilan kepemimpinan yang kuat
    • Mampu mengelola banyak tugas dan tanggung jawab
    • Memahami pentingnya perikanan berkelanjutan untuk Indonesia
    • Kemampuan yang diperlukan: 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, kirimkan lamaran lengkap via email ke: career@mdpi.or.id

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  • Improving Fisheries Information and Traceability for Tuna (IFITT) Project: Closing Meeting

    4 Oct 2017
    Indah Rufiati
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    MDPI, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), ThisFish and Institut Pertanian Bogor have been collaborating for >3 years on a  project called Improving Fisheries Information and Traceability for Tuna (IFITT), focusing on an ‘information rich’ traceability system and assessing its potential impact as a mechanism for sustainable data collection for small-scale tuna fisheries in Indonesia, transparency in supply chains and multi-stakeholder engagement. Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) as the main coordinating and management team; MDPI as the implementation team responsible for coordination and management in Indonesia; and ThisFish as the technical consultants responsible for the database and user interface aspects of the information system. The project started in October 2013 and ended in December 2016.

    There were three pilot sites, two focusing on handline tuna (frozen tuna market) and one on Pole and line/ Purse seine (canned tuna market). The supply chain partners of these pilot projects were: PT. Era Mandiri Cemerlang, Jakarta (handline), PT. Harta Samudra, Ambon (handline) and PT. Sinar Pure Food International, Bitung (pole and line).

    As a closing of IFITT Project, a meeting was held in Bali, July 21. Stakeholders and potential beneficiaries of the programs were invited to get a download and discuss on potential next steps.

    Simon presenting in front of the participants. Photo credit: MDPI

    Presentations were delivered by Simon from Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR). He presented the key challenges of the project: What opportunities are there for collaborative public-public collection, storage, analysis and communication of tuna information?; What kinds of incentives can ‘information rich’ Consumer Facing Traceability (CFT) create for on-going (sustainable) data collection in these fisheries?; Does the introduction of consumer facing traceability generate information flows that are of a high enough quality, timely, accessible and understandable? All those questions were discussed after his presentation.

    Michele Stark, from Seafood Advisory Ltd, present as a private consultant hired to review the implementation of the project over the 3+ years, continued the session by presenting potential market uptake of the IFITT Project. She concluded, from having conducted market research on the topic, that traceability has limited added value but is a must for the market. Although Consumer Facing Traceability (CFT) system is not interesting for the majority of the market, but it is interesting and a good story (=value) for temporary or niche markets.

    Paul fromWUR continued with a presentation on data generation for spatial risk based management: sampling, use, role of Data Management Committee (DMC), compliance, and spot trace. Mandy, WUR, discussed the work she has been doing as part of her PhD under the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) funded project implementation, the various challenges and opportunities. In her presentation, she mentioned 3 technology deployed in this project: Spot trace (vessel tracking device that generates hourly GPS coordinates); OurFish (mobile phone application records business transactions) and Tally-O (open source internal traceability system that generates digital real time data in the production line). The future implications of the technology deployment was that even though the technology is useful, the complexity of Indonesian supply chains means there is no one size fits all – even within a node.

    The final presentation was delivered by Megan from Dalhousie University, Canada. She discussed about IFITT Project Results on a Seafood Traceability survey and regarding return on investment for traceability. The participants were divided into 2 groups to think about the benefits and costs (and levels of confidence) of traceability investment for fishers, middlemen, local processors, traders and government. After the discussion session, each group presented their findings before the meeting was closed.

    All in all the 3 years of this project have been a rollercoaster of learning, implementation, discussions and more. As a combined group and work approach of researchers, implementers and technical minds it has been a success in more ways than one and the work will continue, firstly to complete the various scientific publications and reports and secondly to develop workplans and projects which will bring the findings to the next level. MDPI would like to thank all the partners, collaborators and participants for their involvement in this great project and though the IFITT Project has finished, the effort to find the best seafood traceability system will be continued by all stakeholders involved.

    Writer: Indah Rufiati

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  • Look at those smiles!!!! Would you believe it’s because of Data?! Cruiseship data dissemination in Lombok.

    4 Oct 2017
    Indah Rufiati
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    MDPI’s Indah and Nuri travelled to Lombok Timur on June 8 – 10 to conduct several activities: I-Fish Data Communication Cruiseship, Short Lecture on Fisheries Sustainability and Movie Night. The same events were conducted last year during Ramadhan fasting month as well. During the trip, we were working together with the field team: Juhrin, Hadi, Taeran, Joe, Bambang and Ali.

    The main objective of the I-Fish Data Communication Cruiseship “Diskusi Santai tentang Ikan bersama Nelayan” was to discuss the I-Fish data collected from Labuhan Lombok with small-scale handline tuna fishermen. By conducting this event annually, we hope that it will improve their understanding of the importance of the data collection to support Indonesian government in achieving fisheries sustainability. To hold this event, we made presentations and posters with analysis on production of fishing ground, bycatch species, baitfish use and length frequency of yellowfin tuna.

    27 fishermen and some staff from Fishing Port attended this data dissemination event and some of the fishermen told us that they already attended the same event we held last year. The participants were not always the same fishermen from last year because fishermen in Lombok Timur are “andon” fishermen which means, they come from outside of Lombok Timur, such as from Mandar, Sulawesi Barat or from Sinjai and Bone, Sulawesi Selatan, so they will sail back and forth from Sulawesi Island to Lombok Island. After the data presentation and discussion session, we closed the event with quiz and Ramadhan fasting break (buka puasa bersama).

    MDPI team and the participants of I-Fish Data Communication Cruiseship. Photo credit: MDPI

    In the evening after Ramadhan praying time, we screened a movie about marine ecosystems in the fishing port to attract people around the fishing port, especially fishermen, to watch an educational movie about the importance of ocean ecosystem and that all of us are responsible to take care of it. In total, 20 people joined the movie night program.

    The following day, we travelled from our office in Lombok Timur to Tanjung Luar to visit SMK N 1 Keruak High School. The headmaster, Bapak Mahmuza warmly greeted us and assisted us to go to the meeting hall to start the Short Lecture on Fisheries Sustainability in front of his students. The event was opened by Bapak Mahmuza, followed by Hadi who presented about MDPI programs and updates. Nuri continued by presenting the I-Fish data and explained about the I-Fish data system. As the final presentation, Indah delivered a presentation on introduction of fisheries sustainability. In total, there were 49 students, 5 teachers and Bapak Mahmuza who participated in this event. Students and teachers were very glad that MDPI held this event in their school and they hope that MDPI and SMK N 1 Keruak will have more collaboration in the future, especially for internship program.

    Group picture in SMK N 1 Keruak. Photo credit: MDPI

    We would like to thank all of the participants who joined our events. Their enthusiasm is our fuel to continue improving our work towards fisheries sustainability in Indonesia. Please see our Facebook Page for more pictures 🙂

    Writer: Indah Rufiati

     

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  • What happens at Sea stays at Sea… or not!!

    12 Sep 2017
    Indah Rufiati
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    Time-lapse Camera Deployment as a tool to verify Small-scale handline fishers’ interaction with ETP (Endangered, Threatened and Protected) Species

    Handline is one of fishing gears that is widely used by traditional fishermen in small scale tuna fisheries in Indonesia. It is considered to be a sustainable method of fishing. Fishermen use handlines to catch tuna as fish target, but there is still a risk of accidentally catching Endangered, Threatened, and Protected (ETP) species. Turtles, sharks, whales, dolphins, seabirds and manta rays are ecologically important ETP species that may sometimes be associated with tuna handline fishing. Therefore, there is a need for special monitoring of ETP interactions on handline fishing fleets. One of the MDPI strategies to address this need is by deploying a time-lapse camera on board as a form of electronic monitoring. This is a new approach which aims to overcome the difficulty associated with deploying human observers or expensive electronic monitoring on small scale vessels and its applicability is currently being tested in 5 MDPI sites in Eastern Indonesia.

    Time-lapse cameras, or specifically the Brinno TLC200 time lapse camera, has the ability to capture images up to 1 photo every 1 second. The camera is equipped with a wide lens that can capture most of the ship’s deck area where fisherman catch fish and also the environment around the fishing vessel. The quality of the video recording depends on several things: the height of the wooden pole to which it is attached, the level of brightness during the fishing trip and the camera system settings.

    The trial for time-lapse camera deployment was conducted in August 10 – 22 in Buru Utara and Seram Selatan, Maluku. MDPI team deployed time-lapse cameras in small-scale handline tuna fishing vessels. The time-lapse camera is mounted on a 1.5 meter wooden pole tied to the vessel body. The recording process started from 7 AM when fishermen prepare for fishing trip (loading the fishing trip supplies) until 7 PM when the fishermen landed in the shore and finished the fish unloading work.

    Time-lapse camera on board. Photo credit: MDPI

    During the trial, there were 4 fishing trips using the time-lapse cameras in Waprea and Wailihang Village (Buru Utara) and 2 fishing trips in Tanjung Village (Seram Selatan) where MDPI team joined the fishing trip as well to observe the time-lapse performance.

    Footage preview from time-lapse camera. Photo credit: MDPI

    On August 21, in 10 areas in Maluku and Sulawesi we have deployed the time-lapse onboard simultaneously. The data collected will be analyzed by a student soon to arrive from Wageningen University, Barbara Van der Ven 😊.The data will also be compared to port side monitoring of ETP species which MDPI does at each of its sites. We do hope that the data generated by the time-lapse camera can be used as information and consideration in the management of small-scale handline fisheries in the future. We are thrilled to kick off this new project, stay tuned for more updates from us!

    As a side, the author of this piece, Teguh has just joined our team. He will be working very closely with the Time-lapse cameras. Welcome and happy to have you onboard!!

    Writer: Wahyu Teguh Prawira

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  • STORY FROM THE FIELD: FAIR TRADE BRINGS NEW HOPE IN PULAU BISA

    7 Sep 2017
    Indah Rufiati
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    In mid-July 2017, MDPI officially launched the Fair Trade (FT) Program for yellowfin tuna commodity in Pulau Bisa, Obi Utara District, Halmahera Selatan Regency, Maluku Utara Province. The initiative is being implemented with the support from USAID Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (USAID SEA) Project. MDPI brought its successful experience when it implemented the first pilot project of Fair Trade USA–SEAFOOD in 2014 in which Coral Triangle Processors — a processor and also exporter of yellowfin tuna was the client/certificate holder. In October 2014 the Maluku handline tuna fishery was certified at entry level. The certification process is a six-year system, with continuous improvements and third party audits required on an annual basis. The world’s first Fair Trade certified seafood, in this case yellowfin tuna, is now available in >1000 Safeway and Hy-Vee stores as well as in many well-known restaurants across the U.S, recognizable with the Fair Trade USA logo.

    North Maluku was chosen because of its fish potential by small-scale fishermen (1 GT (Gross Tonnage) – 2 GT) using environmentally friendly handline fishing gear (a single nylon line with a hook). To participate in this program, fishermen are required to form their selves in a Fishers Association (FA). Until now, there are 36 FAs participating in this program throughout Indonesia.

    The challenge of starting the new site for the FT Program in Pulau Bisa is about trust. At first, fishermen were skeptical about the program. Therefore, at an initial stage, MDPI has focused its efforts on building the fishermen trust and understanding on what benefits they could gain if they are committed to participating in the program.   Currently, 4 FAs were formed: FA Tuna Jaya, FA Tanjung Tuna, FA Usaha Bersama and FA Beringin. Through the FT Program, fishermen’s livelihood is expected to improve as well as the living standard of the community. The FT concept is a new face in fish trading where the producers, in this case the fishermen, get a decent price for each kilogram fish they sell as well as Fair Trade premium fund paid by the consumers who buy their Fair Trade products. The calculation of Premium Fund is 0.3 USD from each 1 kilogram fish sold from the dock price. This premium fund will go to the account of the Fair Trade Committee and not into fishers’ personal pockets. It will be utilized for various community projects, including a 30% contribution to environmentally focused projects such as planting trees, sea turtle conservation, etc. The rest of premium fund can be utilized to support the needs of fishermen and social programs such as improving village infrastructure, repairing mosques, purchasing GPS (Global Positioning System) and providing scholarships for school children. The utilization of Fair Trade premium fund for community projects could eventually build the fishers pride and empower them who used to be underestimated. By participating in the fair trade program, the fishers will be able to improve confidence by realizing the fact that they could give a noteworthy contribution to the community.

    On the other hand, consumers get their own satisfaction for buying products with Fair Trade label. They know that behind the label there are stories and hard work done by the fishermen. By buying Fair Trade certified seafood, it also means that they have contributed in the efforts of promoting sustainable fisheries to preserve the ecosystem, for a better world.

    Writer: Arroyan Suwarno

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  • 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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