17 May 2017
Indah Rufiati

Doing something good is good, but making sure that the result is useful and actually used is even better!! With MDPI’s data collection activities, we really want the results to be used and appreciated by all stakeholders: government, industry, academia, fishermen, other NGOs, etc., to raise the profile and improve the conditions for small-scale fisheries in Indonesia.

In 2016, MDPI piloted four traceability-based technologies in small-scale tuna fisheries and plans to continue this implementation, with the addition of another technology, in 2017. The first technology is a Spot Trace® device, which is a satellite runtracking device, generating a signal every hour, a signal containing the vessel location details. This system can help identify and verify fishing grounds, to ensure fishing is occurring within Indonesian EEZ or other authorised waters. The second technology is a mobile application used by the supplier/Middleman called OurFish. It enables suppliers to keep track of the catches delivered to them and to track exchanges of ice and fuel with fishermen. The third technology is an android application called Dock. It is a method we have tested which allows port monitoring to be done on an android phone rather than by typical paper based methods.  And our fourth application is a processor-based traceability system, replacing paper-based traceability with an electronic data recording system. To date Tally-O has been implemented in two Indonesian and one Vietnamese processing plant and the reporting needs will be specific to those plants.

Other technologies yet to be implemented are onboard cameras, which will record a photo every 15 seconds, or possibly more frequently, during the trip and the purpose of which will be to assess the fisheries’ interaction with Endangered, Threatened and Protected species (ETPs). These technology implementations generate a wealth of data, for which stakeholders have various levels of interest in.

To ensure efficient (and useful) reporting of information from these traceability technologies to our stakeholders, MDPI organized a workshop on 20 April 2017 in Ambon. The objectives of this meeting were to, for each of the five mentioned traceability technologies; identify what information each stakeholder would like to receive, how frequently and in what format. There are many valuable inputs from each stakeholders. One of them for example, fishermen expect to get reports from Spot Trace so that they can plan their next fishing trip better, and they prefer the report to be distributed every month in hard copy format. From the feedback, automatic reports will be generated and sent to the stakeholders, similar to the automatic generation and distribution of reports from the I-Fish website.

Writers: Lalu Hizbulloh & Deirdre Duggan


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