• Story from the field: I-Fish Data Communication Cruiseship, Movie Night and Short Lecture in Maluku

    22 Aug 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI Communication and Development team (Nuri, Indah and Deirdre) visited Maluku sites from May 2 – 8 to conduct several activities. Here is the story shared by Nuri…

    Buru Island

    We arrived in Namlea Port, Buru Island after 3 hours trip using the newly launched fast boat from Slamet Riyadi Port, Ambon. For your information, the ticket price is IDR 210,000 (economy), IDR 260,000 (VIP) and IDR 310,000 (VVIP). The schedule of the fast boat: on odd dates the vessel travelsfrom Ambon to Buru and on even dates from Buru to Ambon, and will depart at 9 AM. We were lucky with this new transportation mode because it saved more time and energy for us 🙂

    In Buru Island, we met the field team (Huda, Djamal, Untung, Ijha, Asis, Ari) who support MDPI in conductingour field activities in Buru. The first event was a Short Lecture on Fisheries Sustainability in the Marine and Fisheries Faculty of Universitas Iqra’ Buru (UNIQBU), attended by 20 participants consisting of students and lecturers. There was a little issue about the electricity at the beginning, which is a familiar issue in remote islands, but the university managed to fix the generator problem so that the event ran well. Nuri and Huda presented MDPI Updates and I-Fish data to the participants, followed by a two way discussion. The meeting ended with some specially developed “sustainability games”, developed in such a way as to make stakeholders aware of various sustainability issues and approaches. The participants were so surprised (and delighted!) to be introduced to a game of simulation on how to catch fish sustainably. We can’t thank you enough for UNIQBU warm welcome and hospitality to us to conduct this event. The Dean of Marine and Fisheries Department, Ibu Maryati, appreciated the MDPI team’s effort and she wants us to come again next year. For your information, UNIQBU is the only university in Buru Island and we are so proud to know them.

    A student asking question during the discussion in UNIQBU Buru. Photo credit: MDPI

    We continued the trip from Namlea to MDPI office at Waprea Village. The trip took 2 hours road trip, surrounded by beautiful view of forest and sea. The next agenda was a movie night where we screened a movie about ocean ecosystem which was attended by 80 people.

    The morning after, we conducted the I-Fish Data Communication Cruiseship “Diskusi Santai Tentang Ikan” with the fishermen to discuss about the data that MDPI has collected in 2016. This event is aimed to increase the fishermens understanding about the data and its importance. We hope that by sharing the data and explaining its format that fishermen can learn and  understand that the information on fishing trips they shared with us is a core component of fisheries management and that this data can be used to inform and shape fisheries management interventions in the future. For this event, we create simple presentations containing graphs consisting of total catch, highest bycatch, bait used and tuna length frequency, etc. The first discussion with fishermen was conducted at Waprea Village. 11 fishermen came and discussed the data with us. They asked many questions about data presented, tuna biology and also Fair Trade program, with which they have been involved. In this session, fishermen gave confirmation/experience about the reality during their fishing trip in 2016. We played the ‘Sweet Sustainability’ game to finish the discussion.

    I-Fish Data Communication Cruiseship in Waprea Village. Photo credit: MDPI

    In the night time, we screened another movie night in Wamlana village and it was only attended by 15 people because of heavy rain.

    The next day, we conducted discussion with fishermen at Wailihang Village. Due to high fishing season, there were only 8 fishermen came to the discussion. However, it was a lively discussion and they were excited to share about why, during windy season, they use flying fish instead of chopped squids as bait. It is because chopped squids will be scattered easily once it entered the water so it will be hard to trick the fish to eat the squid bait… so we also get to learn something new, which is great! 😊

    Seram Island

    Next port of call, Masohi, Seram Island, to meet our Seram field team, Magfir and Manda.

    The fishermen in Tehoru Village requested to us to do the discussion in the afternoon because they go fishing in the morning. Prior to the discussion, there was a heavy rain but still th 14 fishermen came to discuss the I-Fish data with us. Fishermen were active and they gave us input about the local name of bycatch fish from the graphs we had made. After the discussion, we screened the movie while they enjoyed dinner together with us.

    Happy faces from I-Fish Data Communication Cruiseship in Seram. Photo credit: MDPI

    Ambon City

    Last stop UNPATTI (Universitas Pattimura) Ambon to conduct another Short Lecture. 70 participants (students and lecturer) already waited for us in the meeting room and we were so happy to know how excited they were to attend this activity. Karel, Nuri and Indah presented about MDPI Updates, I-Fish data and Fair Trade respectively. Participants asked so many questions for us: about the data collection, Fair Trade, what is MDPI role in campaigning sustainable seafood in Indonesia, etc… We were so impressed with their enthusiasm. Even the lecturer wanted us to have future collaboration in data collection since UNPATTI has been conducting tuna data collection in Banda Sea as well. Although the trip schedule was so tight, we were glad that this final agenda ran smoothly. We are so proud to have a lively activity with students of UNPATTI and hopefully we will be able to conduct another activity with them again.

    Picture group from Short Lecture in UNPATTI. Photo credit: MDPI

    We went back to Bali office with smile on our faces. Thank you, Maluku! 🙂

    Writer: Nuriasih Nababan




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  • Sustainability Facilitator (Bitung)

    14 Aug 2017

    Posisi              : Sustainability Facilitator
    Lokasi                  : Bitung
    Kepegawaian  : Kontrak
    Melapor kepada            : Site Supervisor
    Deskripsi        :

    Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) adalah yayasan yang bertujuan untuk (I) menguatkan pengelolaan perikanan dan kawasan perlindungan laut guna meningkatkan produktivitas perikanan, konservasi dan pemanfaatan berkelanjutan, dan (2) memperkuat kapasitas kepemimpinan dari pemerintah lokal dan Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan (KKP). Kami membutuhkan seorang Sustainability Facilitator.  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
    • Mengambil data perikanan di lokasi dengan metodologi port sampling
    • Memberi input dalam laporan mingguan terkait dengan penyelesaian tugas di lapangan.
    • Berkoordinasi secara harian dengan para staff pendaratan ikan/ supplier/ prosesor dan nelayan saat melaksanakan tugas
    1. Pembangunan Masyarakat
    • Secara aktif berpartisipasi dalam kegiatan MDPI, contoh: Sosialisasi program ke komunitas/masyarakat, memfasilitasi dan mengatur kegiatan di lokasi sekitar seperti kegiatan pembersihan lokasi pendaratan, menghadiri rapat/ pertemuan, sosialisasi logbook, Fairtrade dan lain-lain.

    Kebutuhan / Skill yang dibutuhkan:

    • Menempuh studi jurusan strata 1 bidang Perikanan/Kelautan atau yang terkait (Jurusan lain dipersilahkan melamar SMA/SLTA – S1)
    • 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
    • Terampil dalam menggunakan: Office (MS Office, seperti: Excel, Word)
    • Lebih mengutamakan Putra/Putri Daerah (Wilayah Bitung)
    • Mampu bekerja dalam tim baik internal maupun mitra eksternal (stakeholder lain atau pihak terkait)

    Kirimkan lamaran lengkap ke: hr@mdpi.or.id atau bawa lamaran langsung ke Jln. Lembong Lorong 2 no.1, Kelurahan Pateten II, Kecamatan Aertembaga, Kota Bitung.

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  • The 5th Data Management Committee (DMC) in Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT)

    28 Jul 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI facilitated the regular DMC meeting for NTT Province on April 26 in T-More Hotel, Kupang. It was attended by the representatives of Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana, Universitas Muhammadiyah Kupang, Pengawas Perikanan, Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) NTT Province, Balai Konservasi Perairan Nasional Kupang, NGO, industry and handline tuna fishermen.

    In this meeting, the DMC members discussed several fundamental points as follow:

    1. Work plan updates from the last 6 months
    2. Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) management in NTT Province waters
    3. Permit management specified for small-scale fishermen
    4. Live bait management for Pole&Line fishery
    5. Renewal of Surat Keputusan (DMC Decree) for period 2017 – 2019 to add Polisi Air dan Udara (POLAIRUD/air and waters police), Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut (TNI AL/marine army), and consortium universities with fisheries study.
    6. Development of new action points for the coming 6 months

    In this meeting, a lecturer from Fisheries Faculty of Universitas Muhammadiyah Kupang, presented research results on tuna from year 2010 – 2015 from Pangkalan Pendaratan Ikan (PPI/landing site) Oeba, Kupang. She informed us that even though PPI Oeba is one of the biggest fishing ports in Kupang, most of the fishermen who land fish there are small-scale fishermen because the entry to the port only allows small vessels due to shallowness of the area.

    The issue about Surat Laik Operasi (SLO/operation permit) and Surat Persetujuan Berlayar (SPB/fishing permit) were also discussed by DKP NTT Province and Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikanan  (PSDKP/marine and fisheries resources monitoring). PSDKP also emphasized that there will be inspection related to vessel documents. If the vessels documents are not aligned with the real condition of the vessel, government will discipline them.

    As a wrap up, DKP NTT Province committed to allocate one dedicated room for DMC secretariat for better coordination in the future. Stay tune on our website to get updates about the next DMC meeting that will be held in October 2017.

    Writer: Juhrin

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  • A Think Tank and a Shark Tank

    27 Jul 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI and our partners are proud to share the outcomes of our recent Think Tank on Small Scale Fisheries.

    Why are small fisheries a big deal?

    There has been a lot of focus around the world recently on tackling Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing – not least in Indonesia, where Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti has made this her mission – going as far as blowing up boats caught fishing illegally. In our work across Indonesia, MDPI grapples with the challenges that small scale fishers face to comply with regulations, report their activities and catches, and demonstrate they are fishing legally.

    Seeing the common challenges faced by fishers across the Indonesian archipelago, and hearing of similar issues faced in other continents and oceans, MDPI saw a need for solutions that could help artisanal fishers transition to fishing in ways that are legal, reported and regulated (LRR). This assurance is not only vital for sustainable fisheries, but is becoming a necessity for fishing operations of any size to get access to international markets, particularly for high-end products.

    Small catches are collected on the beach north of the capital Columbo in Sri Lanka. Photo credit: Paul Hilton / Earth Tree

    Finding solutions to these challenges is vital for developing – and developed – countries around the world. Nine out of every ten fish workers globally are in artisanal fisheries. The industrial and small scale fishing sectors each take roughly half of the global fish catch, but small scale fisheries contribute much more to employment and to food security in developing nations. In Indonesia the importance of artisanal fishing is even greater – 95% of the country’s fish catch is taken by small scale fishers.

    Most fishery regulations are written with the industrial sector in mind, leaving much of the artisanal fleet under the radar. Sometimes they are simply overlooked in the design of regulations, in other cases they are given well-meaning exemptions. But as Megan Bailey of Dalhousie University noted, “even if it’s done with the best of intentions, it is a disservice to leave artisanal fishers out of fishery regulations, when markets demand that seafood is caught legally and responsibly.”

    Getting together the experts

    To generate ideas and solutions, we partnered with Wageningen University & Research, the Asia Pacific based USAID Oceans and the Walton Family Foundation to host a Think Tank on “Moving Towards Legal, Reported and Regulated Status for Small Scale Fisheries” from July 18 – 20 2017 in Bali.

    The event brought together NGOs, scientists, finance experts and government officials to investigate ways that small scale fishers can be helped to fish legally and responsibly, and have the means to prove it. The Walton Family Foundation offered seed funding to be awarded to the best emerging idea in support of small scale fishers.

    The Think Tank kicked off with case studies from different parts of the world, from Madagascar, Indonesia, Alaska, South Africa and the Maldives. Presenters described the challenges those fisheries face, and groups discussed the efforts and interventions that had been made within each the fisheries and their levels of success. The group then discussed the many commonalities between those fisheries and their challenges. Remoteness plays a part in compliance whether you’re fishing in Java or Alaska, consulting with fishers when regulations are set up is as crucial in South Africa as the Maldives, and fishery management that leaves out the artisanal sector further marginalizes coastal communities whether they’re in Indonesia or Madagascar.

    Day two started early with a visit to local fishers along Jimbaran Beach, a stone’s throw from Bali’s busy international airport and a thriving tourist area with many high-end resorts and restaurants. Despite this, the fishers we met with would struggle to access the export and high-value markets on their doorstep. Most would have been classed, by default, as “IUU”. Their small boats are designed to be launched from the beach, but the nearby port was the only designated site at which they could officially land their catch. Without using that port, they lacked the exit and entry permits to match with the fish catch that they reported.

    Fishing boats in Jimbaran, Bali. Photo credit: Paul Hilton / Earth Tree

    For the next day and a half, smaller groups delved into five aspects of sustainable fisheries: Governance, Data, Social, Markets and Finance. Each group was asked to investigate that fishery component, consider the ideas and solutions that existed already, look at what had made them succeed or fail, and identify priority issues still to address. Groups then developed solutions, working also with experts from other groups to challenge and refine each other’s ideas and incorporate cross-cutting themes.

    What came through this process was a smorgasbord of more than a dozen solutions, ranging from social media platforms and financial planning software to simple on-the-boat steps to prevent deterioration in fish quality from the moment it comes out of the water. Ideas also emerged for toolkits to better communicate with artisanal fishing groups and to promote the concept of ‘maximum economic benefit’ as a replacement to the outdated measure of ‘maximum sustainable yield’ in fisheries.

    Interestingly, many of the solutions were indirect, focusing on securing better earnings for the fishers to lift them out of poverty and give them the breathing space to fish in more sustainable and responsible ways. As Garth Cripps of Blue Ventures explained “it’s very hard to put back an undersized octopus or respect the boundary of a protected area when you’re living from day to day on what you can catch.”

    At the end of the Think Tank, participants were joined by a panel of five judges. In a ‘Shark Tank’ format (think reality TV! A Dragons’ Den for the oceans) each group presented their best proposal to support small scale fishers, faced questions from the panel of judges and other participants, and as the sun set the judges deliberated.

    Ice, ice baby

    Seed funding was allocated to a project that will identify where quality losses occur across six artisanal fisheries, with the aim of generating better income from existing catches. The peak value of a fish is at the moment it is caught, but without good handling from that moment to when it is sold, it loses quality – and critically, may fall below the lucrative ‘export quality’ level.

    A yellowfin tuna caught by hand line off the Sangihe Islands in Indonesia. Photo credit: Paul Hilton / WCS

    Rene Benguerel, speaking on MELIOMAR, a tuna company operated by Blueyou in Switzerland estimates that 70% of tuna landed in its sourcing country the Philippines could meet export quality standards – but at the moment the company only buys 3% of landings, those which met the export standards of European markets. Exported tuna is worth ~three times more than tuna fetches on the local market, so even simple steps to keep the fish in top condition – ice, careful handling and protection from the sun – can considerably boost fishers’ earnings. This in turn allows them to break cycles of debt, and gives the means and incentive to fish legally, follow regulations and report their catches.

    Everybody wins if we find and fund solutions that allow small fishing communities to prove that they’re fishing legally and sustainably. The fishers themselves through better income, healthier reefs and fish stocks and access to export markets, fisheries managers through more data on what’s being caught, and consumers gaining access to seafood that is caught in some of the most ocean-friendly and people-friendly ways. By improving value of catches there may be a time where fishers could halve their catches and still double their incomes…. a win/win situation!

    And now, what’s next?

    A more comprehensive report outlining the results, giving some background on the amazing ‘thinkers’ we managed to gather in Bali and some next steps will be circulated in the near future. Watch this space and please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like more information or insight on the topic or the event and its outcomes.

    The event has made us realize again how utterly important artisanal fisheries are, and how many passionate and motivated people are out there who want to make a difference for our small-scale fishers globally. This is an issue larger than any of us individually and so collaboration and coordination is needed. MDPI would like to again thank everyone who contributed to this event and we hope we can in a small way support this movement in the coming years. A special thanks goes to our partners on this event, the Walton Family Foundation, Wageningen University and Research and the Asia Pacific based USAID Oceans.

    With thanks,

    Momo Kochen, Director Programs and Research and all the team at MDPI


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  • The 10th Data Management Committee (DMC) Meeting in Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB)

    27 Jul 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI facilitated  the most recent DMC meeting in Nusa Tengarra Barat (NTB) on May 31 in Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) office in Mataram, NTB. The meeting was attended by 20 people from local and central government, university, industry and NGO. It was opened by Mr. Lalu Hamdi, the head of DKP NTB Province, followed by Mr. Nurjamil, the head of  the DMC.

    As always in NTB the meeting hosted a lively discussion on many important and timely relevant topics- I-Fish data, vessel measurement application to Department of Transportation, renewing the committee decree with governor of NTB and a follow up results from action plan made in Bogor (March, 2017) some stakeholders about Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) and vessel registration. We also discussed an activity plan to progress forward these various conversations for the coming 6 months. The meeting was ended at 6 PM and then continued by break the Ramadhan fast together.

    Some results from this DMC meeting:

    1. DMC will continue to follow up about FAD registration issues from the tuna fishers Labuhan Lombok to national government
    2. This committee is prepared to be part of WPP (Wilayah Pengelolaan Perikanan/Fishery Management Area) organization, and later will have cooperation with other provinces under WPPs.
    3. MDPI will facilitate to follow-up the decree renewal for DMC for period 2017-2019 and to add more important members in DMC: Biro Hukum Provinsi, BAPPEDA Provinsi and Dinas Perhubungan Laut.
    4. Head of DKP NTB Province is ready to allocate a space for DMC Secretariat in DKP office, Mataram
    5. NTB deadline for vessel registration is in December 2017. If there are any unregistered vessels, it will be processed based on the law.

    We are very glad to facilitate this meeting and hopefully the DMC will become more powerful event for stakeholders to generate useful action plans for fisheries sustainability in NTB.

    Writer: Wildan

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  • Think Tank: The Discussion Related to Small-scale Fisheries and moving them toward being Legal, Reported and Regulated (LRR) fisheries.

    13 Jul 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    MDPI, along with our collaborating partners Wageningen University & Research, the Asia Pacific based USAID Oceans and the Walton Family Foundation plan to host a Think Tank  on “Moving Towards Legal, Regulated and Reported Status for Small Scale Fisheries” from July 18 – 21 in Bali, Indonesia.

    The goal of the Think Tank is to identify solutions for proactively dealing with growing demands for transparency, traceability and compliance for developing world fisheries, given the increasing demands being placed on international seafood supply chains by major import markets. We will then explore whether and how developing world fisheries can reverse the burden of proof of IUU to develop LRR fisheries.

    Until now the move towards LRR fisheries has predominantly been in large scale fisheries, with projects and investment targeting large vessels and their associated supply chains to meet increasing regulation and requirements. Initially large scale fisheries are seen as ‘low hanging fruit’, as well as the idea of targeting large volumes with minimal effort have been the driver for this. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that LRR fisheries are not only relevant for internationally focused supply chains but is also extremely important within domestic fisheries and supply chains and within small scale fisheries. In short, to meet the demands of importers capacity and knowledge is needed that is geared towards the dynamics of small scale fisheries.

    The Think Tank will bring together 20-25 experts from various backgrounds for a 3 day meeting (18th, 19th, and 20th of July). Participants will be led through the development of several solutions with which to develop an advocacy and action programme with, including communication to a wider community of donors, implementers, entrepreneurs. Our focus is global – we are looking for ideas and solutions for small scale fisheries around the world.

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    10 Jun 2017




    PERIOD: JUNE 2017- onwards       



    To develop and increase the capacity of MDPI in fisheries science and project activities by using science-based methodologies, technical and innovative approaches to support Indonesian small scale sector towards sustainable fisheries.  This position aims to support the scientific input of MDPI on a national and regional scale.

    The fisheries advisor will aim to support MDPIs program teams to develop systems which will allow for stronger data management, data analysis, communication of data to stakeholders and an overall strengthening of the scientific integrity of the organization

    • Define sustainable fishery priorities and build strategic, scientific and technical capacity in the program teams, field and amongst stakeholders;
    • Develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the needs of small-scale fisheries;
    • Ensures that science-based tools, models and knowledge are leveraged and adopted by strategic stakeholders;
    • Develop and implement cutting edge sustainable fisheries strategies which meet the needs of the small-scale fishery sector and meet regional approaches and major international export market requirements;
    • Represent MDPI at the national, regional and international level on fisheries science topics



    Each of the following points explains the topics which will constitute a portion of the employee’s time. The importance of a given responsibility may alter throughout time as the programs of MDPI develop, change and grow.

    1. Capacity development: Scientific Capacity development of our MDPI teams, of fisheries stakeholders within our programs and for communities. Additionally, to input on capacity development to government stakeholders. Topics include fisheries, co-management, management, international market requirements, etc.
    2. Data Management Systems: Ensure high standards exist in protocol development, data analysis, data dissemination, data security and data management.
    3. Increasing Scientific Research: Support the development of a stronger science-based approach in the organization. This includes promoting publications, developing scientific studies and supervising interns.
    4. Organizational development: As a senior member of the team the FTA will be expected to give input to organizational strategic planning, partnership development and proposal writing


    Capacity development

    1. Supporting the development of materials for local and national trainings and capacity development events related to sustainable fisheries for varied supply chain stakeholders
    2. Supporting scientific capacity development of the MDPI team

    Data Management Systems

    1. The FTA will advise how the I-Fish system can be improved and developed in the future to include more species and incorporate changing national and international requirements, potentially making the system adaptable to other countries
    2. The FTA will support the development and improvement of current and new protocols for data collection meeting national and regional standards
    3. The FTA will support the development of integrated data analysis The port sampling system yields large amounts of raw data, the FTA will work with current staff to develop, maintain and improve analysis and information output
    4. Communication of data analysis to stakeholders needs to be tailored to meet literacy levels. The FTA will support the ongoing development of methods to transfer data, in stakeholder-specific formats to the users. This shall include the development of innovative approaches of communication methods, especially for fishers. Automatic stakeholder reports and a web-based interactive data access section within the I-Fish should be maintained and improved to match updated stakeholder needs.
    5. The FTA will work to develop the I-Fish system with regards to institutionalization with the government, both on a data systems and Co-Management approach. This includes development of data sharing agreements, data flow structures and protocols.
    6. The FTA will work with other departments to build relationships that support the institutionalization of I-Fish. This includes an I-Fish working group, NGOs, governments and stakeholders
    7. The FTA should work with other MDPI departments to enhance data management throughout the organization, specifically related to new technology innovations and data created through these.

    Scientific Development

    1. Scientific Publications: The FTA will work with current staff to identify aspects of MDPIs work that should be developed and documented in the form of scientific publications. In collaboration with the team and other partners the FTA should develop MDPI into a player within the Asian context, with regards to contribution to fishery-related scientific journals and conference attendance, specifically related to small scale fisheries
    2. Develop programs for and supervising scientific interns/ research students which fall under the remit of the FTAs work
    3. Working with Governments and other NGOs to support the development of management measures, such as harvest control rules, target reference points, etc. for the tuna fishery/ other small-scale fisheries
    4. Working internally with MDPI program teams to develop innovative programs which relate to the mission and vision of the organization
    5. Supporting nationally based Fisheries Improvement Projects

    Organizational development

    1. Contribute to organizational strategic development
    2. Developing networks with international and national universities and partners
    3. Making additions to proposals for funding
    4. Managing program budgets and finances related to the position and projects
    5. Managing coordination within USAID SEA project


    • It is the employees responsibility to ensure efficiency and accuracy in all aspects of tasks outlined above
    • To ensure a strong scientific contribution by MDPI to the regional fisheries work
    • To ensure strong communication with other departments within MDPI


    The employee should report directly to the Director Programs and Research. Reports will mainly fall under the following headings but may occasionally differ depending on direction of management:

    • Weekly report
    • Activity report (e.g. workshop, meeting with other stakeholders, etc.)
    • Data reports (focused to various stakeholders)
    • Trip report
    • Administrative report (trip request, leave request, cash advance)


    • Accountability and accuracy of the work implemented
    • Reliable reporting of the activities in high-level standards
    • Achievement of departmental goals as outlined in the Logical Framework


    • Internally with the managerial and coordinator/officer level
    • Field staff
    • Supply chain stakeholders
    • Government (national, provincial)
    • Academia
    • Extension workers
    • Other NGOs


     Please submit CV to career@mdpi.or.id

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  • Fisheries Improvement Officer

    10 Jun 2017

    Job Title: Fisheries Improvement Officer

    Open for Indonesian and expatriate

    JOB FUNCTION AND SUMMARY: To work within the Fisheries Improvement team to promote development, improvement and availability of data and data analytics to team members, stakeholders and the government. The position aims to ensure that robust systems are in place to collect, store and analyse data and to make this available to relevant parties. The position incorporates technology innovation to push forward the mission of MDPI of using data from Indonesian fisheries to support management, build capacity and strengthen the position of small scale fisheries in Indonesia and the region. The position is required to coordinate intensively both internal to the FIT department, as also with other departments in MDPI to strengthen all aspects of data collection, storage, analysis and dissemination.


    The Fisheries Improvement Officer falls within the Fisheries Improvement team and, together with the Data Collection Officer and the Co-Management Officer reports, to the Fisheries Improvement Manager. This team forms the core of MDPI’s approach to sustainable fisheries and community development.

    The importance of a given responsibility may alter throughout time as the programs of MDPI develop, change and grow. The main responsibility and duties of the post are:


    1. Utilizing and Communicating Data:
    • Support the strengthening of the I-Fish tool for MDPI to collect, store and analyze robust fisheries data that is capable of feeding into fisheries management approaches.
    • Supporting protocol improvement, data analytics and data reporting approaches.
    • Ensuring capacity of stakeholders (from fishermen up to government level) to interpret and understand the data and analysis, through various methods, such as focus group discussions or various reporting features.
    • Coordinating of data reports to Co-management groups, termed Data Management Committees (DMCs)
    1. Fisheries Improvement Projects:
    • Coordinating MDPI’s Fisheries Improvement Projects
    • Ensuring FIP related reporting is conducted and up to date
    • Coordinating with FIP stakeholders and ensuring progress.
    • Building strong relationships industry stakeholders
    • Coordinating MDPIs Value Proposition. This is building an approach to ensure that we continue to have a strong value to our industry and supply chain partners.
    1. Technology Management:
    • Working with the supply chain team, ensuring that technology innovation in MDPI is coordinated and that data originating from various technology streams are managed and implemented with protocols
    • That, like I-Fish, the data from technology is reporting and communicated to the stakeholders
    1. Increasing Scientific Research:
    • Support the development of a strong science-based approach in the organization
    • Promoting publications,
    • Developing scientific studies
    • Developing reports



    • BSc degree in fisheries, marine resources management, fisheries stock assessment, statistics and 3 years’ experience in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience;
    • Field work experience, engaging with fisheries/conservation stakeholders from various backgrounds;
    • Experience in data analysis and statistical programs/modelling, RStudio;
    • Data Management capabilities;
    • Experience with the Marine Stewardship Council certification process, Fisheries Improvement process
    • Experience working/researching with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions;
    • Experience in partnership development (partners, community, provincial government, etc.);
    • Experience working with methods and standards of sustainable fisheries/conservation information systems and initiatives;
    • Experience of engaging in and contributing to multi-disciplinary team work;
    • Proven networking, negotiation and communication skills;
    • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic and creative initiatives;
    • Report and scientific writing capabilities.



    • 5 years’ experience in fisheries management/sustainable fisheries/conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience;
    • Master’s degree in relevant topic;
    • Developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes;
    • Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental/fisheries affairs in Indonesia; Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages;
    • Experience in use and development of various data collection technology applications;
    • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results;
    • Previous peer-reviewed scientific publications.


     Please submit CV to career@mdpi.or.id before 18 June 2017





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  • One Vessel at a Time… Tolitoli Fishers Moving Towards Compliance

    31 May 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    On May 19, Dinas Perhubungan (Ministry of Transportation of Republic Indonesia) Tolitoli held a small-scale fishing vessel measurement activity. This activity was supported by Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan Tolitoli, MDPI, suppliers, CV. Mina Jaya Bahari (fish industry) and Fair Trade (FT) Fishers Associations (FA). The objective of doing vessel measurement is to combat IUU Fishing (illegal, unreported or unregulated in the Fisheries Management Area of ​​the Republic of Indonesia – WPP RI).

    There were 68 vessels measured and here is the data:

    • 17 fiber vessels and 1 wooden vessel from FT FA Lumba-lumba in Salumpaga Village
    • 4 fiber vessels from non-FT fishermen in Salumpaga Village
    • 4 wooden vessels from non-FT fishermen in Laulalang Village
    • 14 wooden vessels from FT FA Karya Nelayan in Lingadan Village
    • 8 wooden vessels from FT FA Sinar Laut in Lingadan Village
    • 20 wooden vessels from non-FT fishermen in Lingadan Village

    After the vessel measurement activity was completed, Debriga as a representative from CV. Mina Jaya Bahari, gave a socialization to the fishermen about the proper way of fish handling, the characteristics of the fish affected by disease and contamination and the impact to fish that are handled improperly.

    This activity was attended by 59 participants: 2 people from Dinas Perhubungan Tolitoli Regency (Pak M. Yusuf and Pak Zulkarnain), 1 person from CV. Mina Jaya Bahari (Debriga), 2 people from MDPI (Hendri and Anto) and suppliers, fishermen and fishermen’s wives.

    Hopefully this activity can be one of the inspirations to fishermen in other areas to start supporting Indonesian government in combatting IUU Fishing and that working together we can get compliance increasing in our fisheries.

    Writer: Hendri Heni Tiala

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  • Ubud Food Festival: Our Future is at Sea

    31 May 2017
    Indah Rufiati

    What is MDPI? What is Fair Trade? What is Traceability? What is Sustainable Seafood? – Those questions arose from the visitors of Ubud Food Festival, a festival held in Ubud, Bali from 12 – 15 May. This event is one of the biggest culinary events in Indonesia and very popular to both national and international audiences. There are many chefs, culinary icons, restaurant owners, and even environmental advocates who attend this annual event.

    In this event, MDPI had a booth to raise awareness about MDPI’s work amongst Indonesian-based consumers, to talk about sustainable seafood, Fair Trade certified seafood and seafood traceability with the visitors. This year’s theme was “Every Flavor is a Story”, to celebrate the richness of Indonesian food, including the history as well as Indonesian culture, heritage, community and geography. To align with the theme, MDPI booth also had theme “The Story of Your Fish” to raise awareness about the story of fish from fishermen (our main stakeholder) to consumers’ plates. Most people might not be aware that the fish they eat went through a long journey to finally be ready to be consumed by them. On this occasion, MDPI gave a whole story about it by explaining Fair Trade certified seafood and the various technologies and interventions that are implemented in various stages of the supply chain to show fishermen are not involved in Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activities.

    Pak Aditya and Indah explained about MDPI program to Pak Bondan, a famous journalist, writer and culinary expert in Indonesia. Photo credit: MDPI

    Another exciting event for MDPI was our Fair Trade Manager, Jaz, participating as a panelist in a discussion: Think, Talk, Taste: Our Future is at Sea, with other panelists from permaculture, chef, aquaculture and environmental protection. In this discussion, the panelists shared their experiences from the seafood and marine world and what challenges the seafood world is facing at the moment. All of the panelists agreed that consumers should be more aware about the seafood they consume, by starting to find out “Where Your Fish Comes From”: Is it from sustainable source? Is it caught by responsible fisherman? Is it processed by a responsible company? What if it was caught by fishers in forced or bonded labour situations? And more questions that we should keep in mind to be a better consumer. They also gave tips about what fish to buy, here are the tips:

    1. Buy fish in season – fish that are in season are cheaper, more accessible and have likely not been in long term storage or transport to get to you. Its typically fresher and better for the climate to buy fish in season.
    2. Spend less – Less well-known fish are just as good and cost less because they less in demand. Learn to ask your fishmonger for them and learn new recipes to match them.
    3. Respect tradition – traditional recipes for fish soup use different fish according to what is available on the day.
    4. Discover new flavors – There are 25,000 edible species of fish in the sea but we only eat about 15 of them. Enjoy discovering new flavors!
    5. Many portions from just one fish – Medium-sized to large fish (2 – 5 kg) are soft and tasty when cooked in the oven. They are ideal choice if you have guests.
    6. And most important… buy local if you can. This supports local fishing communities, has least impact on climate through travelling only short distances and has the strongest likelihood of being fresh

    MDPI was delighted to be part of this year’s Ubud Food Festival and met many amazing people to talk and to share ideas with. MDPI also would like to thank Ubud Food Festival for giving us a space to discuss and share our story and approach. Not to mention, big thanks to all the MDPI team who joined and supported MDPI at this event! And one last special shout out to Jaz… well done on the panel, you done us proud! ?

    Writer: Indah Rufiati



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