Training for Pole and Line Fishermen in PT. Aneka Sumber Tata Bahari (ASTB)

23 May 2016
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Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) was invited by Asosiasi Perikanan Pole&Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI) to be speaker at a training for 50 pole & line fishermen of ASTB in Tulehu, Maluku on December 2, 2015. The aim of the training was to improve fishermen capacity in food safety and product post-harvest handling.

The material distributed to fishermen included aspects on food safety, good fish handling practices… Pole & line is a traditional fishing method, which is both socially and environmentally responsible. However, Pole & line vessels have shortcomings which this training aimed to combat, such as the fish can be easily damaged, bacterial contamination and direct expose to the sunlight that can all degrade the quality of the fish. The quality of fish will determine the selling price, hence, it is very important for fishermen to focus on ensuring good fish handling, maintaining the fish quality at its best level and subsequently getting the best price possible for their fish.

Here are the good fish handling principles:

  1. Clean: boats, equipment, and hold must be clean and free of pests. Likewise with the surrounding environment should be free of garbage. In addition, all workers are required to wear clothing that is clean and safe
  2. Careful: fish handling must be done carefully based on the procedures
  3. Fast: fish handling must be done quickly to minimize the bacterial growth and exposure to heat and sunlight
  4. Cold: to prevent histamine, fish should be maintained at a low temperature

Fishermen were very enthusiastic about the training material. Some of them asked about how to cope with the conditions on board that sometimes is difficult to perform fish handling based on the procedures. MDPI’s Hastuti explained to them that the situation on the vessel can be adjusted to minimize the bacterial contamination by implementing good procedures, prioritizing the cleanliness of the crew and environment and by general awareness of the risks.

From this training, fishermen really hope to understand and implement better ways of handling the fish so that they can produce and export quality fish. MDPI hopes that fishermen will become the smart fisher:  good catches with increasing profits, with no need to increase catches.

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Fishermen after the training. Photo credit: MDPI

Writer: Hastuti

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