• …and the MDPI team continues to grow

    16 Nov 2017
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    The United States Agency for International Development’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans), in collaboration with MDPI has a purpose to work collaboratively in reducing illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This partnership also aims to establish an innovative system for promoting sustainable fisheries and marine biodiversity conservation. We will also promote a fair and ethical supply chain on small-scale tuna fisheries in Indonesia. The activities will focus primarily on developing and implementing technologies in two supply chains to actively collect fishery data and supply chain that meet international standards and Key Data Elements (KDE) specifically to Catch Documentation and Traceability/CDT). In addition, this partnership will also focus on strengthening fisheries management with coordination between national and provincial governments as well as other stakeholders.

    One of main steps to strengthening the tuna fishery management is by improving the data availability, a fundamental factor for enhancing decision making in fisheries management. MDPI, as the sustainable fishery implementing partner, focusing on small-scale handline tuna fishery, conducted the basic training on data collection in Manado, Sulawesi Utara, from October 31 – November 3. The participants of the training were the new field teams who will be assigned in Calaca, Manado and Santiago, Tahuna District, Kepulauan Sangihe, Sulawesi Utara: Rui Xavier Nunez, Novita A. Wulandari, Safludin Lagio, Bambang Ali Akbar, Maghelhais Takalamingan, and Antonius Ado Witin. The training materials were delivered by A. Riza Baroqy, Putra Satria Timur, Hamonangan Simanjuntak, Teguh Wahyu Prawira, Stephani Mangunsong and Ida Ayu Adnyani.

    Training Day 1

    As always we started with an introduction session between the current MDPI staff and the new staff, followed by a pre-test about basic theory of fisheries sustainability and the importance of data collection (beware teams, we are watching if you’re taking everything in!! 😊). The training emphasized that data is the main basis for sustainable fisheries management that will become an output in the form of scientifically informed policies and regulations. On the flip-side if the data collection is done incorrectly, it will produce the wrong analysis too and it won’t be able to be a basis of good decision making.

    Training Day 2

    The materials included fish identification, ETP (Endangered, Threatened and Protected) species, and baitfish species. In the data collection, fish identification skills must be mastered by the enumerators. There are two ways in identifying fish: morphologically and anatomically. Morphologically means that it can be seen from the shape of head, eye size, body shape, caudal fin shape, operculum shape, pectoral fin size, and color. On the other hand, anatomically can be seen from the shape and size of the liver and the size of the swim bladder. After obtaining a theory about the basic technic of fish identification, participants were given a test to identify various types of fish that are commonly caught by handline tuna fishermen. The most difficult species to distinguish are the juvenile of yellow fin with the juvenile of big eye tuna as both have very similar morphology.

    In the introduction of ETP species, we were given the information about the species that are protected by the law and are prohibited to catch such as sea turtle, manta ray, oceanic whitetip shark, hammerhead shark, whale shark, thresher shark and all kinds of marine mammals.

    The next session was about baitfish that are often used by handline fishermen: squid, flying fish, tuna, artificial baitfish, and others. Baitfish information is important to know the baitfish use pattern for fishermen and the role of baitfish ecologically… is the tuna fishery negatively impacting another stock through high bait usage or by using bait which may be coming from an overfished fishery. WE are not sure and this is exactly why data collection is important to begin to answer these questions.

    The second day of training was closed by the simulation on how to interview fishermen so that the participants will get a clear picture about any characters of fishermen in the field and how to approach them.

    Training Day 3

    On the third day, the material that was presented was about PDS (Pelagic Data System) and vessel documentation. PDS is a tool to provide data and information about more detailed fishing location. This tool can provide information of the locations passed by a fishermen’s vessel during his/her fishing trip. Thus, this tool can be used as a traceability documentation of the fishing ground, which is a requirement in exporting fish. In addition, the vessel document is also one of the requirements of traceability, as a proof that the fish originates from a legal fishing vessel. Both of these documents are very important tools to against IUU Fishing.

    In this final day of training, all theory in the class was continued by on the field practice. All of participants and the trainers visited the landing site in Muara Sungai Tondano, Manado. We found 1 fisherman conducting fish unloading, so we were able to approach him and conducted the data collection: measuring the fish length, fish identification and interviewing the fisherman.

    We are thrilled to have some new additions to the MDPI field team and we are ready to kick off the programs in Sangihe and Manado, Sulawesi Utara 🙂

    Writers: Antonius Ado Witin and Maghelhais Takalamingan

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  • MDPI Contributes to Sustainable Fisheries Exhibition Held by Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT)

    2 Nov 2017
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    In order to commemorate  independence day of Indonesia, DKP NTT held a n exhibition at Lasiana, Kupang City on August 10 – 19. MDPI was asked to provide informative posters about I-Fish data and on the MDPI profile, as well as videos about I-Fish.

    MDPI staff in Kupang, Alief and Rui, were assigned to be in the booth created by DKP to share information about MDPI programs and activities to the visitors of the exhibition. We explained to them about how to get, to collect and to store data of tuna fisheries in the I-Fish system.  We described that I – Fish is a fishery information system for data collection of tuna and skipjack in Indonesia. It is accessible to fishermen and stakeholders such as government, universities, organizations, industry and experts. The data entry process is conducted by enumerators in every site of MDPI. This system was originally developed in 2012 by the IMACS project of USAID Indonesia and is in a process of refining and development to this day.

    In addition, we also had a brief discussion with the Head of CaptureFisheries, Bapak Ernesh D. Hamel. The discussion centred on a plan to create a video about data collection through collaborative process between DKP NTT and MDPI. DKP NTT really appreciates the involvement of collaborators such as MDPI in this exhibition and hopefully we will be able to participate in the similar events in NTT to increase the awareness about data collection and sustainable fisheries to a broader audience in NTT and in Indonesia.

    Writer: Alief Dharmawan

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

    19 Oct 2017
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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
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    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
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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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