The Second Data Management Committee Meeting (DMC) in Maluku Province: Co-management for Small Scale Tuna Fisheries

6 May 2015
Indah Rufiati
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After the 1st DMC Maluku meeting in Ambon, in August 2014, the second DMC for the Maluku region was conducted this March 25, 2015. The DMC aims and has been established to be held every 6 months to discuss the specified fishery, the data collected and deposited into I-Fish and what it means for the region. It is hoped that this committee will work towards establishing local management for the fishery in question.

Mr. Romy Farfar, the head of DKP Maluku Province, kicked off the meeting mentioning “The covered data, fishermen status, the data and place of the data collection should be clear and recorded directly on the sea, not on the land”. He also mentioned the urgent requirement of strengthening the provision of accurate data to determine the appropriate policies toward sustainable fisheries. With more than 18 years travelling around and working on Maluku fisheries, Mr.  Farfar really understand the captured fisheries condition in the region and the importance of data collection. He believes that the current I-Fish data collection which focuses on two locations only (Assilulu, Ambon and Waipure, Buru) does not adequately represent the number of fishermen’s tuna catch in Maluku. Based on this suggestion and further work on Fair Trade expansion, MDPI will incorporate enumeration from new sites in Buru Selatan Regency and Seram Island, Central Maluku. Together with other stakeholders, MDPI hopes that the data will be useful for fishery management in Maluku.

The meeting continued with a discussion session lead by Mr. Abdul Haris, secretary of DMC Maluku as a moderator. The main agenda covered included:

–          Updates on Tuna and Cakalang Catch Data Analysis with brief introduction of MDPI by Mr. Marthen Leuna,

–          Fair Trade presentation by Ms. Yasmine Simbolon and

–          I-Fish presentation by Mr. Wildan

–          Discussion on the tuna fishery in the region

Mr. Robert Tjoanda as a businessman who supports MDPI’s activity in data collection also hopes that the data can prove that the small scale fishermen, which constitute about 80% of total fishermen in Indonesia, have a good result of tuna from their fishing activity. “To prove it, we need data as reference of government to be more concern about policy to protect small scale fishermen”, he added.

In the future, MDPI hopes that all of the members of DMC Maluku will continue to be active in supporting the DMC and its objectives, in order to achieve data-based, good fishery management.  To improve the functioning of the I-Fish approach and as a tuna fishery data source, MDPI is planning to conduct capacity building on data analysis for provincial government officers from the Province, and Regency. Also, importantly, these government agencies will be given accounts to access the I-FISH data base to get access in order to be able to extract the data and provide information for their needs.

Writer: Indah Rufiati

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