Traceability Assessment in Tolitoli

31 Oct 2016
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MDPI has three programs in Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi: Data Collection, Fair Trade and Traceability. Focusing on the Fair Trade program, there are three Fair Trade Fishers Association (FA) enrolled in the program: FA Lumba-lumba in Salumpaga and the most recently formed FA Karya Nelayan and FA Sinar Laut in Lingadan. All of them sell their fish to Mina Jaya Bahari (MJB) as the Fair Trade-certified processor. Like the previous Fair Trade Chain of Custody in Maluku, MDPI’s supply chain department, represented by Hastuti, helped to establish the traceability system, which meets the needs of the Fair Trade standard Chain of Custody… This started with a comprehensive assessment of the chain from fisher to processor in Toli-toli, from July 31 – August 16, 2016.

In short, traceability involves documenting the movement of fish products from fisher, supplier and processor. The assessment at the fisher and supplier level aimed to see fish’s flow from fisher to supplier, Fair Trade fish tagging process and fish transfer from supplier to processor. At the moment, fish tagging is still done by the supplier by writing the FA code and fisher’s name on the plastic tag.

The objectives of the assessment at the processor level aimed to record how the Fair Trade fish is processed, how the tagging process is maintained at each stage, and what difference in treatment a Fair Trade fish receives compared to a non-Fair Trade fish and to ensure segregation of these. This assessment resulted in a Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) for fishers, suppliers and processors wanting to implement Fair Trade traceability. The SOP was socialized to staffs of MJB, fishers and suppliers by MDPI’s Supply Chain team and Fair Trade team.

SOP in Fisher – Supplier Level

  1. Every single tuna loin must be tagged with plastic (with Fair Trade code written) and green rope that is attached on the tail part
  2. Every single tuna loin is weighed and recorded by supplier
  3. Fisher record: fisher name, fishing ground, length of trip, weight of loin, weight of by catch and Surat Jalan (permit) Number into the Fishermen Log
  4. The loin is packed into Fair Trade styrofoam/box to be delivered to the processing plant

SOP in Processor Level

  1. Tuna Loin with Fair Trade tag and green rope must be processed per supplier and per Fair Trade code
  2. Data of weight, grade, pieces, Fair Trade supplier code, fishermen code, and production date code must be recorded by Tally-O staff
  3. Fair Trade tuna loin must be packed in box containing a special Fair Trade sign
  4. Fair Trade tuna loin and non-Fair Trade tuna loin must be separated in the storage
  5. Every Fair Trade box that exported must be recorded and reported to MDPI team

We hope that the good traceability system will be able to guarantee the accountability and transparency of the Fair Trade certification and that the SOP development will lay a good basis for all stakeholders to participate in a robust traceability system capable of meeting the Fair Trade standard… audit is coming up in November! 🙂

Fish tagging with Fair Trade code. Photo credit: MDPI

Writer: Hastuti

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