The 5th Data Management Committee (DMC) in Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT)
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:
- Work plan updates from the last 6 months
- Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) management in NTT Province waters
- Permit management specified for small-scale fishermen
- Live bait management for Pole&Line fishery
- 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.
- 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.