The 6th Data Management Committee (DMC) of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) Province

2 Jan 2018
Indah Rufiati

The 6th Data Management Committee (DMC) was held on Thursday, November 16 at Hotel Neo El Tari, Kupang. The participants were representatives from Pengelolaan Sumber Daya Ikan Direktorat Jendral Perikanan Tangkap Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan (PSDI DJPT KKP), Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) Province, DKP Belu Regency, DKP Alor Regency, Pelabuhan Perikanan Pantai (PPP) Tenau, Pangkalan Pendaratan Ikan (PPI) Oeba, Head of (Pengawas Sumber Daya Keluatan dan Perikanan) PSDKP Kupang Station, Badan Pemerintah Daerah (BAPPEDA) Kupang, Komandan Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) Angkatan Laut (AL) VII Kupang, Universitas Muhammadiyah Kupang, Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana, Politeknik Kelautan dan Perikanan Kupang, CV. Era Charlie Pranata, UD. Tunas Harapan, PT. Primo Indo Ikan, The Nature Conservation (TNC), Asosiasi Pengusaha Pole and Line Handline Indonesia (AP2HI), Himpunan Nelayan Seluruh Indonesia (HNSI), Wild Conservation Society (WCS) Lamakera and fishermen. This DMC was facilitated by MDPI.

The first presentation was delivered by PSDI DJPT KKP, discussing the results of the FAD (Fish Aggregating Device) management workshop and the harvest strategy national plan. The workshops described have made suggestions on appropriate management approaches and here are some which are currently on the table for discussion: proposed restrictions on the use of FADs; closure of some spawning areas; the management of the number of days of fishing operations and limiting the number of operating vessels. In addition, a simulation was conducted on how to fill in the FAD registration. The simulation was to anticipate the proposed FAD Amnesty.  The proposed FAD Amnesty aims to support Indonesia to conduct a mass data gathering on numbers of FADs active in Indonesian waters. The participants gave several inputs to the PSDI such as: to use 1 form for each FAD because the construction of FAD can be different from one to another although they are owned by the same person.

The session which followed reviewed the duties and functions of the DMC during the six meetings that have been conducted, whether it is working properly or not. The function of DMC are: designing the technical strategy of data collection of catch result of each vessel in WPP 573, 713 and 714; analyzing and processing the catch data, reporting the result of data analysis and processing, giving suggestion and recommendation that can be used as a reference of management policy especially for tuna and tuna like species.

Here are the following points that were discussed in the DMC:

  • Whether the DMC approach needs to be revised in order to maximize the role of DMC.
  • Future DMC financials: how to ensure the sustainability of DMCs by identifying ways of having budgets to cover future meetings aiming towards moving
  • Data presentation from MDPI (January – November 2017).
  • Data presentation from TNC and Hatfield about the use of Crew Operated Data Recording System (CODRS) on fishing ground data where fishermen were equipped with spot trace to know the location of the fishing ground during the fishing trip; scale to measure the fish; camera as the documentation when fishermen put the fish on the scale and the incentive for fishermen for participating in the data collection.
  • Research Presentation from Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana.
  • Research Presentation from Universitas Muhammadiyah Kupang.

And here are the next 6 months plan of the DMC:

  • Resocialization related to the vessel registration.
  • Need data on tuna and tuna like species from other DMC members, industry should start committing to submissions
  • To identify what data is needed by the MMAF and ensure the DMC is aligned with this
  • Identifying ways to support fishermen’s needs on weather forecasts before they go fishing.

The event was closed by the head of DMC, Pak Ernes D. Hamel, who hoped that the DMC members will be more actively involved, especially from the industry and fishermen who are the source of the data. He also hoped that other DMC members will also present their data because the DMC is the place where multi stakeholders meet and discuss the data in their region.

Writer: Alief Dharmawan

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