• KKP Collaborates with MDPI for Small-Scale Fisheries Management

    7 Dec 2018
    Moch Syifa

    JAKARTA – Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) is collaborating with the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) in increasing the role of small-scale fishermen in implementing responsible-fisheries management practices. MDPI takes opportunity from market forces to achieve this for tuna fisheries. MDPI is well known as a non-profit organisation that provides assistance to small-scale fishermen, especially handline tuna fishermen in Eastern Indonesia. Currently, MDPI has 11 sites in six provinces (Maluku, North Maluku, North Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara).

    The collaboration between the KKP and MDPI is stated in a joint agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the KKP office in Jakarta on Friday, December 7, 2018. The KKP Secretary General, Nilanto Perbowo, and MDPI Executive Director, Saut Tampubolon, will be the representatives to sign the document. A number of MDPI’s partners in small-scale fisheries and representatives from other KKP departments will also attend the signing ceremony.

    The main aspects of the collaboration that MDPI Executive Director Saut Tampubolon highlights include: strengthening data collection with the use of technology; supporting information needs to demonstrate Indonesia’s improved compliance with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC); continuing institutional strengthening, or Penguatan Kelembagaan, which MDPI is conducting through the establishment of Fisheries Data Management Committees. “In these committees, we involve all stakeholders, from local governments, small fishermen, suppliers, to academics”, said Saut.

    Another aspect in the collaboration is regarding technology development. It is a valuable tool to facilitate transparency in supply chain traceability. So far, MDPI has developed several technologies to support this traceability. Among them is an application called Trafiz, which serves to help and facilitate middlemen in recording transactions with fishermen. The application can be installed on cellular phones also helps middlemen to be more efficient in conducting transactions because they no longer using books for record keeping. The TraceTales system was also developed by MDPI (under a USAID Oceans grant), and is a system for improving traceability in the fish processing unit.

    The agreement also includes supporting Harvest Strategy development for Archipelagic Waters to comply with compatibility requirements with the WCPFC management of tuna stocks. While the latest coverage is about strengthening international market access for Indonesian products from small fishermen. “This includes fulfilling fisheries management standards adopted in fisheries product certification by highlighting the role of small fishermen at the global level,” Saut continued.

    In addition to conducting activities related to data collection and the implementation of technology in supply chains of small-scale fisheries, MDPI also implements the Fair Trade USA Capture Fisheries Standard in Maluku and North Maluku. In fact, the Fair Trade Fisher Associations on Buru Island (Maluku) were the first in the world to achieve Fair Trade certification for a seafood product, for yellow-fin tuna. To date, Fair Trade fishermen have received Premium Fund amount, totaling around 3,7 billion rupiahs. (*)

    The cooperation area will cover the provinces of Maluku, North Maluku, North Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara and will be valid for a period of three years. MDPI looks forward to further strengthened collaboration with KKP on issues related to small-scale fisheries.

    AGREEMENT: Executive Director MDPI Saut Tampubolon (left) with Secretary General Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Nilanto Perbowo after signing the MoU in Jakarta, December 7, 2018.


    Written by: Mohammad Syifa

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  • Junior Software Developer

    30 Nov 2018

    JOB FUNCTION: The Junior Software Developer will work with the Software Developer to develop, expand and improve MDPI’s technology system for traceability. The main system is the TraceTales processor-based digital tally system. The Junior Software Developer will assist the Software Developer in solving issues and customising the system for further expansion.


    The Junior Software Developer (JSD) will be responsible to the Software Developer and will work on a variety of tasks related to developing system for traceability and data collection. The main focus of the JSD will be on TraceTales development, trouble shooting and refinement but the JSD is expected to contribute and support the implementation of MDPI’s other technology systems as appropriate and required. These include a supplier application (Trafiz), a port sampling application (I-Fish app) as well as basic vessel tracking and e-monitoring systems. 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.


    • Assist and report to senior software developer for system/software development
    • Work collaboratively with software developer team
    • Develop software and testing software for free of bugs (make sure software/system runs well).
    • Support remote area users including installation, user training, fixing bugs and resolving problems, system troubleshooting
    • Maintain well-documentation of software including user guide, system design, etc.

     Qualifications and requirements:

    • Bachelor degree in Computer and Informatics or related field
    • A minimum experience of 1 -2 years of .Net application (Visual C#) software development, Java language
    • Having good analytical thinking and problems solving
    • Having knowledge about programming language structure, knowledge about object oriented programming
    • Having experience to develop web application (CSS, HTML, PHP, ASP.Net, Javascript) i.e. system dashboard and web applications.
    • Strong knowledge of database management system (entity relationships), MySQL, PostgreSQL, and strong understanding about SQL database language
    • Having knowledge about system API (integration software with devices, creating QR label, etc.)
    • Having experience about data synchronization to cloud server from local server.
    • Having knowledge about GitHub and versioning control system is a plus.
    • Having experience to setup computer network (LAN) and network configuration and devices knowledge.
    • Having experience to troubleshooting hardware, computer network and server.
    • Having experience in system deployment including installation, user training, fixing bugs and system troubleshooting
    • Having experience in communication and presentation skills.
    • Having knowledge about Supply Chain process and system traceability.
    • Analytical thinker and problem solver able to come up with creative solutions to diverse problems
    • 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

    Please send application to career@mdpi.or.id Subject: Junior Software Developer.

    MDPI is an equal opportunity employer, promote anti-discrimination and reject narcotics use and human trafficking.

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  • ETP Socialization: Raising Awareness of Sustainable Fisheries with Small-scale Handline Tuna Fishers

    29 Nov 2018
    Moch Syifa

    Parigi is a sub village in Seram Island, located in Wahai village, sub district North Seram, District Central Maluku, Maluku Province. Around 80% the population live as a traditional fisher, especially for yellowfin tuna as the main target. Parigi is also known well as the main contributor to local fish consumption around North Seram, as far as Central Maluku, Masohi. The fishers in Parigi are really strong, using small vessel 8-9 m in length, motor engine 5-30 HP and traditional fishing gear of handline, they explore the ocean to catch big tuna, approximately 30-60 kg/fish. Another fishing village is Sesar, located in Sub District Bula, District Eastern Seram, where traditional handline fishing is also important as a livelihood.

    The skill to catch tuna by using handline is inherited by the ancestor year to year. However the skill does not include knowledge and understanding about the role of ETP species (Endangered, Threatened and Protected) in the marine ecosystem such as shark, rays, sea turtle sea bird, dolphin, whale and other marine mammals. So when these ETPs caught as by-catch, fishers will land them on the boat then will sell them to the middleman or will be taken home for household consumption or sell to local market. In order to increase the understanding and knowledge of small scale handline tuna fisher in Parigi and Bula, on 17 May and 19 May, MDPI as the partner of USAID SEA project conducted ETP socialization for 56 fishers.

    The socialization was attended by DKP and fisher associations of Tanjung Tuna Sesar, Tuna Parigi and Tuna Pantura from Bula and Parigi. In the opening, Darwis, section head of capture of DKP Eastern Seram and Rudiman Wally, head of Parigi village, delivered thanks on the initiative to make the activity. They also invited the fishers to follow the regulation related to ETPs species and love the sea by not throwing rubbish, garbage or waste to the sea both during fishing activity and in daily activity.

    Next was the introduction about ETP species and the regulation that was delivered by Timur Data Collection Officer of MDPI and Karel, Regional Supervisor Maluku MDPI. In the presentation, we introduced the various ETP species such hammer head, thresher shark, whale shark, manta ray, sea bird, all sea turtles, dolphin, whale and all marine mammals. Also we explained the regulation and ecosystem role of ETPs. As the example the whale shark in the regulation of Minister for Marine Affair and Fishery of Indonesia No. 18/PERMEN-KP/2013 is fully protected. Sharks, as top predators, are “the doctor of sea”. They eat ill fish, so the sickness will not spread to other fish. Sharks also maintain the balance in the ecosystem food chain, which if broken, would result in an uncontrolled domination of a lower predator species. We also emphasized that currently ETP populations are decreasing due to low reproduction characteristics and high exploitation rates.

    “Shark and another ETP species are rarely caught by handline. But previously, if it was hooked by my gear, I land and cut it. Now after getting the information about the importance and ecological role of ETP in the marine ecosystem, I put high awareness on them and avoid catching ETP species. For the next I will release the ETP species.” said Syanudin Wally, Fair Trade Fisher Association member. He hoped, the awareness of ETP will be continued to other fishers to make all fishers aware of the importance of ETPs species for sustainable fisheries and healthy ecosystems



    By : Putra Satria Timur

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  • Bringing Rural Fishing Communities Closer to Technology and Information

    29 Nov 2018
    Moch Syifa

    Technology and Information are important for rural fishermen community

    Indonesian rural coastal communities are often perceived as left behind on information and technology use and knowledge. One example is small scale tuna fishers in remote islands of Indonesia. Electricity is only available for six hours during the night and there is no land transportation access. It makes it challenging to share information and technology in this area. Most of the fishers’ time is spent at sea fishing than on land. As a result, fishers and coastal communities who depend on the sea for their livelihoods and food security are not always getting good knowledge of regulations for fisheries management and weather information for every fishing trip.

    MDPI currently has an additional program to bridge rural coastal communities with information and technology named “Komputer Untuk Masyarakat Pesisir”. It is a free program to empower and facilitate fishers and the community to learn how to access information via internet and computer. This program started in July 2017 in five sites; Madapolo Village (South Halmahera), Salumpaga (Tolitoli), Seruni Mumbul (East Lombok), Waprea (Buru) and Yainuelo (Central Maluku). There are ~70 participants in this program, from fishers and coastal children.

    For the program, the participants come to the MDPI office based on a schedule. The class not only takes place in MDPI office, but also in the open area like the beach. The duration of this activity is around 2-3 hours, starting by presentation about the history of computer, hardware-software, basic Microsoft word and how to get information through Google. Then one by one, the participants have a go at operating the computer. The participants are also given a basic computer manual as a reference.

    ‘Through “Komputer untuk Masyarakat Pesisir”, I can spend my time for a more useful thing, such as increase my knowledge and do homework’ said Musaffir a coastal children from Salumpaga-Tolitoli. In another place, Madopolo Pak Aswad, Fisher Association member stated “This program can help them (the fishermen) manage the administration in the Fisher Association”

    In the next year, “Komputer untuk Masyarakat Pesisir” will continue with other materials and practice use of Excel, Powerpoint etc. Hopefully this program can bring the fishing community closer to the information and technology and build their capacity.

    Writer : Putra Satria Timur

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  • Training and Certification Competence of EAFM to Support Sustainable Fisheries Management in FMA 715

    26 Nov 2018
    Moch Syifa

    One of the approaches for sustainable fisheries management is the EAFM (Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management). An EAFM tries to balance various social objectives with biological and economic objectives, by paying attention to knowledge and uncertainties in biotic, abiotic and human components of the ecosystem. MDPI joined the EAFM training conducted by WWF from 23-27 September 2018 in Santika Hotel Ambon. The training was also attended by 23 participants from various stakeholder and institutions under 715 FMA, including WCS, Coral Triangle Centre, USAID SEA, the various DKP and a number of universities from the 715 area. Toward this activity, hopefully all participants can increase their knowledge on the cycle of fisheries management based on EAFM indicators and monitoring method, implementation and evaluation.


    During the training, we were informed of the six domains of EAFM. The first domain is fish resources, with six indicators in this domain: CPUE (catch per unit effort), fish size trend, juvenile proportion, catch composition, range collapse and ETP species. The next is about domain habitat and marine ecosystem, again with six indicators: water quality, sea grass, mangrove, coral reef, unique/specific habitat and climate change. The fishing technique domain has six indicators: destructive/illegal fishing,   modification on fishing gear, fishing capacity, selectivity of fishing gear, compatibility of function and vessel document and crew certification. The economic domain has three indicators; household income, asset ownership and saving ratio. The governance domain has six indicators; compliance to the sustainable fisheries principle, decision mechanisms, the synergy of policy, compliance of rule play, fisheries management plan and stakeholder capacity. The last was social domain with three indicators; stakeholder participation, fishery conflict and local wisdom in fisheries management. Each domain introduction was followed by a working group to fill all indicator in an EAFM matrix and also discussed the recommendation and action plan to improve the status.


    The last day training was examination of certification competence by assessor from Lembaga Sertifikasi Kelautan dan Perikanan (LSP-KP). In addition, the participants were asked to collect supporting documents from each improvement activity. The assessors also announced that all participants are eligible and competence as EAFM implementer and evaluator. Now by having certification letter and high spirit, all participants are ready to back and do collaborative action for the sustainable fisheries in 715 FMA.


    Written by Putra Satria Timur

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  • Audit Operational – Audit Compliance – Audit Financial Statement

    7 Nov 2018

    Kerangka Acuan Kerja

    Audit Operasional, Kepatuhan

    dan Audit Keuangan 2018

    Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI)


    Background – Latar Belakang

    Yayasan  Masyarakat  Dan  Perikanan Indonesia (“Yayasan MDPI”) didirikan berdasarkan Akta  Pendirian  Nomor:  15  tanggal  31  Juli 2013  yang  dibuat  dihadapan  Putu  Asti Nurtjahjati,  SH,  Notaris  di  Jakarta  Selatan. Akta  tersebut  telah  mendapat  pengesahan dari Menteri Hukum dan Hak Asasi Manusia tertanggal  23  Oktober  2013  Nomor:  AHU- 6872.AH.01.04.,  tahun  2013.

    Sesuai dengan pasal 3 Akta Notaris Nomor: 15 tanggal 31 Juli 2013, maksud dan tujuan pendirian  yayasan  adalah  di  bidang  sosial dan untuk mencapai maksud dan tujuan tersebut di atas,  yayasan  menjalankan  kegiatan sebagai berikut :

    • Memberdayakan nelayan  dengan melakukan  penyadaran  pada keberlanjutan  perikanan  dan  juga dalam  pengembangan  kelompok masyarakat.
    • Meningkatkan kualitas  hidup  anggota komunitas nelayan pancing skala kecil.
    • Memberdayakan nelayan  untuk meningkatkan  mata  pencaharian atau pendapatan keluarga nelayan.
    • Mempromosikan higienis  dan  sanitasi dalam  lokasi  pendaratan  melalui program kesadaran.
    • Meningkatkan kualitas  hidup  nelayan dengan  mempromosikan  dan menerapkan  keselamatan  pada program  laut,  pendidikan  kesehatan dan kegiatan terkait
    • Melakukan program  peningkatan perikanan dalam skala kecil.
    • Mendukung pemerintah  dalam melindungi sumber daya.

    Dasar penyusunan laporan keuangan yang telah disusun oleh Yayasan MDPI pada laporan keuangan untuk tahun yang berakhir 31 Desember 2017 menurut laporan Auditor Independen telah disajikan secara wajar sesuai  dengan  Pernyataan Standar  Akuntansi  Keuangan  (PSAK) 45 dan Standar Akuntansi Keuangan-Tanpa Akuntabilitas Publik (SAK-ETAP) untuk semua pengakuan, pengukuran, pengungkapan pos pos laporan keuangan.

    Dalam melaksanakan proyeknya Yayasan MDPI telah berusaha menerapkan standard administrasi sebaik mungkin dalam segala aspek, baik perencanaan, pelaksanaan, monitoring, audit, administrasi, keuangan, pembagian kerja, pengadaan barang dan lain-lain.

    Untuk mengetahui sejauhmana efektifitas, kepatutan, kepatuhan dan kebenaran manajemen dalam melaksanakan kegiatan baik di dalam kantor maupun di lapangan, maka semua proyek donator yang ada di Yayasan MDPI perlu untuk di audit. Audit ini dilakukan untuk memperoleh pembelajaran terbaik dari setiap langkah manajemen dan mendapatkan catatan yang layak agar menjadi rekomendasi selanjutnya. Audit dilaksanakan baik secara internal maupun eksternal untuk menjamin adanya keadilan dan keseimbangan penilaian. Kegiatan Audit Eksternal lebih di fokuskan pada tahun keuangan periode Januari s/d Desember 2018 (Tahun Fiskal 2018).


    Objectives – Tujuan

    Tujuan Audit ini adalah untuk :

    • Memperoleh informasi proses, ketaatan, dan kepatuhan Yayasan MDPI dalam semua aspek terkait pencatatan keuangan, adminitrasi dan dokumentasi proyek.
    • Memperoleh penilaian atas pelaksanaan program baik dari sisi transparansi maupun akuntabilitas.
    • Menilai kesesuaian penyajian laporan keuangan dengan standar akuntansi keuangan yang berlaku (SAK).

    Scope – Ruang Lingkup

    Ruang Lingkup Audit ini meliputi:

    • Audit Keuangan berhubungan dengan sejauhmana pengelolaan keuangan yang dilakukan sesuai dengan prosedur. Audit ini meliputi pengelolaan dana hibah pada rekening bank, rekening kas kecil, prosedur dan cara pembayaran, bukti-bukti pendukung pembayaran atau pengeluaran.
    • Audit kepatuhan, berhubungan dengan pengelolaan keuangan  lembaga  sejak Januari s/d Desember 2018 dengan merujuk pada SAK.
    • Audit Manajemen/Operasional, berhubungan dengan bagaimana administrasi kantor di jalankan sehingga tercapai keefisiansi dan efektiftifan dalam bekerja yang menyangkut pemeriksaan administrasi : Struktur Organisasi, Uraian tugas dan Surat menyurat.


    Expected Output – Hasil yang diharapkan

    Auditor wajib menyusun laporan audit dengan outline sekurang-kurangnya sebagai berikut:

    1. Opini auditor independen atas laporan keuangan yang terdiri dari :
    a) Laporan sumber dan pengunaan dana
    b) Laporan budget dan realisasi
    c) Catatan atas laporan keuangan
    2. Managemen Letter
    a) Kesesuaian antara kebijakan/ketentuan yang telah ditetapkan dengan pelaksanaanya
    b) Kelemahan sistim pengendalian Internal
    c) Laporan tentang tingkat kepatuhan masing-masing perjanjian keuangan dalam perjanjian pembiayaan, hal-hal internal dan eksternal yang mempengaruhi kepatuhan tersebut
    3. Standar pelaporan mengikuti standar baku pelaporan audit Independent


    Time and Place – Waktu dan Tempat

    Audit dilaksanakan di kantor Yayasan MDPI, Denpasar, Bali dimulai pada bulan Desember 2018 dengan jangka waktu selamaa 120 hari kerja termasuk hasil pelaporan Audit.


    Budget  – Pembiayaan

    Untuk biaya audit ini, para calon Auditor dapat mengajukan rencana anggaran biaya audit untuk bisa di negosiasikan dengan Pimpinan Yayasan MDPI. Anggaran yang disepakati adalah anggaran sesuai dengan ketersediaan anggaran pada yayasan.


    Informasi Kantor

    Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI)

    Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Istana Regensi Blok S-6

    Pedungan, Denpasar Selatan – Bali

    Telephone: 0361 – 728 373

    Email: finance@mdpi.or.id

    Website: www.mdpi.or.id


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  • Call for Consultancy Service ToR: Interoperability assessment of traceability technologies for small-scale fisheries

    13 Aug 2018

    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. Much work is being done on developing technology solutions for large-scale fisheries and the small-scale sector is often left behind in these developments. However, often the same requirement for compliance is applied to these small-scale fisheries, either for export requirements or for national level regulations. MDPI is specifically aiming to develop systems and support technology aimed at the small-scale sector and that are either OpenSource 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: a basic VMS device placed on vessels for one month, with a signal being emitted every hour. The aim of the Spot Trace deployment is to verify actual fishing ground location with that reported by the fishermen to enumerators
    • Time-lapse cameras: a basic time-lapse camera is deployed on vessels for one month, with a photo being recorded every five seconds (or more depending on the size of vessel). The aim of the time-lapse cameras is to verify the interactions with Endangered, Threatened and Protected species recorded by the fishermen to enumerators
    • FlyWire camera: combining the features of GPS and continuous video recording, with the same aims as Spot Trace devices and cameras
    • Supplier app: an app developed for suppliers to record all transactions they have with fishermen, from delivery of fish to the supplier to provision of ice and fuel from the supplier (Our Fish and Trafiz)
    • Pelagic Data System: similar to the Spot Trace device
    • IFISH apps: an app to replace paper-based data collection in the ports and landing sites
    • TraceTales: a processor-based digital tally system, tracing fish from receiving to packing and the treatment it has received


    To date, the information recorded from these technology pilots is connected with the I-Fish port sampling database (Spot Trace and PDS) or else stored in the most suitable device (time-lapse camera footage is too large for the I-Fish database).


    The TraceTales system developed by MDPI is currently in full implementation in one processor, with plans to install the system in three other locations by the end of the year. There has been much interest from other processors, wishing to install TraceTales in their plants in order to comply with national and international traceability requirements. Each new installation requires further customization of the system, to account for the different size of processor plants and the different treatments received by product in each location. MDPI currently has one developer working on the TraceTales system but is looking for how to ensure long-term development of the system through making the system OpenSource.


    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 Data Exchange (DEX) model proposed by USAID Oceans. The final system needs to take into account:

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


    MDPI does not propose to build a platform itself but rather to identify alternative ideas and identify appropriate way 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.


    Additionally, to ensure that the TraceTales system can be scaled efficiently across various size processors, the customization platform and long term development options for TraceTales need to be formalized. To advance the work, MDPI seeks a consultant to conduct an interoperability assessment of traceability technologies for small-scale fisheries, in addition to assessing the long-term development of the TraceTales system. The consultant will work with MDPI and its partners on the following three activities:


    • Assess current technology solutions and data collection initiatives underway within MDPI-supported company supply chains and pilot projects
    • Assess 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
    • Assess the TraceTales system and determine what basic platform is required to allow easy customization in interested processor plants.
    • Assess the long-term development options and requirements for TraceTales, be it an OpenSource system or another option
    • Attend and contribute to the Data Exchange workshop organized by USAID OCEANS


    The outcome of this consultancy work is a report providing recommendations on the best approaches for integrating data across supply chain nodes and between technology pilots, including financing options for industry to engage in these recommendations.


    The consultant will have the following qualifications:

    • Knowledge of fisheries supply chains, preferably tuna
    • Experience in process analysis
    • Previous IT work in system interoperability, data exchange and system integration
    • Experience in OpenSource systems and platform customisations


    The consultant will work over a three month period to complete the aims and deliver the report and recommendations. Remuneration will be based on experience. Travel to the field, if required, will be covered according to MDPI’s travel procedures.


    Please submit proposal to support@mdpi.or.id prior 21 August 2018

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  • MDPI facilitated the 2nd Data Management Committee (DMC) in the province of North Maluku

    7 Aug 2018
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI, under the USAID Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (USAID SEA) Project, facilitated the 2nd Data Management Committee (DMC) for the province of North Maluku in May 2018.

    This meeting was attended by the members of the DMC: representatives of the provincial government, national government, industry, fishermen, NGOs and university.

    The meeting aimed to give the DMC members the opportunity to discuss how they want to develop the data and fisheries management for their province; the desired reporting format from the data according to the needs of each stakeholder; the shared six-month workplan based on issues raised during the meeting and to discuss implications of newly introduced regulations for the provincial fisheries.

    Pak Abdullah Assegaf, the head of Capture Fisheries in North Maluku, who is also the chairman of DMC North Maluku, explained that the development of fisheries management in North Maluku focuses on the development of five fishery commodities, two of which are tuna and skipjack.

    In this meeting, MDPI team presented about the progress of the data collection conducted by MDPI in North Maluku. MDPI also gave I-Fish accounts to the members of DMC so that they can access the result of the data collection. I-Fish is a fishery database system for data collection of from small-scale tuna and skipjack fisheries in Indonesia. I-Fish data is accessible to fishermen and stakeholders such as government, and industry (other parties interested in the data must submit a data request form to the DMC). The data entry process is conducted by enumerators of MDPI.

    At the end of the meeting, the DMC prepared a work plan for the next six months for fisheries improvement efforts, such as fighting illegal fishing, strengthening the data collection, FAD (Fish Aggregating Device) data collection, and good onboard fish handling training for fisherman. It is expected that the work plan can be well implemented for the fishery improvement in North Maluku Province and reported on during the next DMC meeting in North Maluku later this year.

    Writer: A. Riza Baroqy

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  • Our Story as Interns in Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI)

    3 Jul 2018
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI interns Yuan Ratmilya Lena and Novri Elizabeth Nomleni shared their story…

    We are studying Water Resources Management in Universitas Nusa Cendana Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT). One of the compulsory subjects in university is to attend a Praktek Kerja Lapangan (PKL, field work practice). I did my PKL in MDPI site in PPI Oeba Fishing Port, focusing on data collection of from yellowfin tuna fisheries activities.

    The purpose of the PKL experience is to give the student a work experience before entering the real work world, to increase knowledge and to compare the theories learned during the lecture with the reality in the field so that the student will have a more comprehensive idea about a particular topic.

    During the first week of my PKL, MDPI field team gave me a training about the process of the data collection, fish identification, port sampling forms and the I-Fish platform.

    During my internship, I helped the Sustainability Facilitator of MDPI conduct the data collection using the following workflow:

    • Check the unloading of handline tuna vessels
    • Prepare the port sampling tools: pen, caliper, sampling form, measurement board, fish identification booklet, ETP (Endangered, Threatened and Protected) Species identification booklet, gloves, and boots.
    • Conduct port sampling of fishermen’s catch with a target of sampling at least 20% of the total vessels unloading per month. The data collection process follows the steps in the I-Fish data collection protocol, available from the I-Fish website.
    • Complete and note the total catch production from suppliers or obtain from company based on the determined code quality.
    • The collected data will be inputted to an excel template and will be checked by the staff or supervisor to make sure the data is valid.
    • The data then will be uploaded into the I-Fish database

    We also helped the Communication and Development team, Indah and Nuri, to hold a short lecture on Fisheries Sustainability in SUPM (Sekolah Usaha Perikanan Menengah) and Politeknik Kelautan dan Perikanan (Poltek KP) Kupang.  At this event, 40 students from SUPM and 36 students from Poltek KP attended, as well as four lecturers/teachers. The director of Politeknik Kelautan dan Perikanan Kupang, Pak Suseno, gave a short speech to open the activity. The presentations covered topics such as MDPI’s work, the I-Fish system, examples of data collected by MDPI, fisheries sustainability and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs).  The discussion was closed with quizzes for the participants and those who gave the correct answers got the spot prize provided by MDPI. We are so delighted to see the enthusiasm of the participants! We also supported with the screening of a movie about the ocean ecosystem and ETP species in the port, which was attended by 30 people, mainly children.

    Short Lecture participants in Kupang. Photo credit: Indah Rufiati/MDPI

    Movie Night at Oeba Port, Kupang. Photo credit: Indah Rufiati/MDPI

    We enjoyed our experience with MDPI in the field, seeing the true conditions of data collection and community engagement. We are grateful to MDPI for providing us with this opportunity. We believe that our experience will be very helpful in the future.

    Writers: Yuan Ratmilya Lena and Novri Elizabeth Nomleni

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  • Co-management in Tolitoli: First Step towards Sustainable Fishery through Active Participation of Stakeholders

    2 Jul 2018
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI facilitated a meeting in Hotel Bumi Harapan, Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi on March 1st. The agenda was to introduce the co-management concept as one of the steps towards collaborative fisheries resource management. The meeting was attended by government representatives: Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan Tolitoli Regency, Balai Karantina Ikan Tolitoli Regency, Dinas Perhubungan Tolitoli Regency, BAPPEDA (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Daerah) Tolitoli, PSDKP (Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikanan), the Head of District from North Tolitoli, Dakopamean and Ogotua; Universitas Madako, Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan Negri 1 Galang and representatives from industry: PT. Tritoba Samudra Indonesia CV. Mina Jaya Bahari, fishermen and suppliers.

    The meeting was opened by the Head of DKP Tolitoli Regency, Ir. Gusman. He explained the enormous fisheries potential of Toli-toli Regency with 454 km coastline and 103 tons of tuna production in 2018. He also informed us that the lack of data availability creates challenges in the development of fishery infrastructure in Tolitoli Regency. He expected that through this collaboration, there will be transparency of data both from the government and the industry.

    The next session was a presentation by Pak Saut Tampubolon from MDPI. He emphasized that one of the elements to be fulfilled in co-management is the data availability from all stakeholders. Lack of data will hinder good fisheries management development and poor data will generate uncertainties. For that reason we need good data in order to get a good and informative analysis for the fisheries management. At the end of his session, Pak Saut reminded us not to focus only on terrestrial development, but also to make the sea a priority.

    Hendri and Wildan from MDPI also explained about the progress of MDPI activities in Tolitoli, including the assistance for establishing Fair Trade Fisher Associations and handline tuna data collection, small-scale (1 – 3 GT) vessel registration, the amount of Fair Trade premium fund received by the community, etc.

    The final sessions were Discussion and Question & Answer. Stakeholders were very enthusiastic about the progress of Fair Trade in Salumpaga Village and wanted to adopt it to other fishing villages. All of the stakeholders agreed to have another meeting as a follow-up towards the existence of co-management in Tolitoli.

    Writer: Putra Satria Timur

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